|Lot 1, Concession IV|
Niagara Regional Municipality
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Located on old Lyon's Creek Road at its junction with Niagara Road 27. Crowland Township, Welland County, Ontario, Canada
THE CHURCH WAS BUILT IN A VERNACULAR ITALIANATE STYLE WITH A BALANCED FACADE AND SEGMENTAL ARCHES. CARPENTRY IN THE CHURCH WAS DONE BY ALEX HURST AND THE BRICKWORK BY JOHN SENNET. IRON REINFORCEMENT BARS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED ON THE UPPER WALLS AT THE LEVEL OF THE WINDOW ARCHES SOME OF WHICH EXHIBIT STRESS CRACKING.
LYONS CREEK CEMETERY
Crowland's first Church, first white cemetery, first school and first bridge over Lyons Creek were all on Buchner property. Henry Buchner helped start the first Methodist meetings in the Niagara area at Lyons Creek.
The first Church in Crowland Township, constructed of logs, was built in 1806 on Peter Buchner's property. Known as Lyon's Creek Methodist Meeting House it was replaced in 1861 by a brick building, the bricks made nearby by Reuben Buchner. The Church is still standing today, practically unchanged since 1861. It is known today as Lyons Creek United Church. The plaque over the door reads: Wesleyan M. Church 1861.
Property adjoining the Church was donated by Captain Henry Buchner as a cemetery and it is here that Captain Henry was buried on May 31, 1842 at the age of 82 years. His wife, Joanna, had predeceased him on April 3, 1820 in the 55th year of her life. They are buried directly south of the huge oak tree which still stands.
Based on a formula supplied by a former Lands & Forest Officer the tree is 242 to 245 years old. A member of the White Oak Family it is 15 feet 10 inches in diameter.