This small cemetery is located in a picturesque wooded area on the east side of the Waterside Road in Pownal. It contains one remaining standing gravestone.
The land on which the cemetery is now located was purchased in 1804 by Rev. Angus Bernard MacEachern, who would later become the Island's first Roman Catholic bishop. MacEachern paid four Pounds for the property to John Haley and John MacDonald. At this time, a log chapel was also built near the cemetery. It continued to be used until 1813 when it was replaced by a larger more centrally located church in Vernon River. This was the foundation for the current St. Joachim's Roman Catholic parish. In his Will, Bishop MacEachern noted: "I leave two lots of land which I own in lots 49 and Fifty on one of which a Chapel is built, the other 4 acres two of which are out of the late John MacDonald's land and the other two acres joining the former two acres, out of the late John Haley's land on Lot Forty nine, for the use of the clergyman at Vernon River."
The cemetery was abandoned in 1890 and restored in 1972. It remains an important cultural resource in the area.
Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Tourism and Culture, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/P39
- Added: 17 Jan 2017
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