Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, located on First Nation Territory, was the first Protestant church in Upper Canada and is now the oldest surviving church in Ontario.
Built by the Crown in 1785, it was given to the loyalist First Nations, primarily Mohawks, but also Onondagas, Cayugas, Senecas, Oneidas and Tuscaroras who, led by Thayendanegea/Joseph Brant, had supported the British during the American Revolution. Although the Chapel has undergone many alterations, it stands as a reminder of the important role played by the Loyalist First Nations in the early settlement of Ontario.
In 1850, the remains of Joseph Brant were moved from the original burial site in Burlington, Ontario to a tomb beside the Chapel. The remains of Brant's son, John Brant, also rest in the tomb.
Next to Brant's tomb is a boulder, bearing a memorial to the Indian poetess, E. Pauline Johnson, who was born at Chiefswood on the Six Nations Reserve, and who attended services in the Chapel.
In 1981, the chapel was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.
GPS Coordinates: 43.12445, -80.23525
- Added: 22 Jul 2001
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #639428
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