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Dutton Dunwich

Event information

Enjoy the outdoors with 10 self-guided cemetery tours.

Made for a COVID world, these tours allow for easy social distancing with masks, and vaccine passports are not required. We suggest that you download and print off the brochures and map for your tour before you begin (or pick up a hard copy from the volunteers on site at each location on October 24, when the tours launch).

Volunteers will feature six unique grave markers at each location and have also included interesting information in the brochure. If you miss the tours on October 24, come and do them on your own!

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Community information

The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is located off Highway 401, north of Lake Erie between Chatham and London.

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Become a volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Doors Open Dutton Dunwich, contact the municipality at 519-762-2204 or planning@duttondunwich.on.ca.

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Contact info

Telephone: 519-762-2204
Email: planning@duttondunwich.on.ca
Website: www.duttondunwich.on.ca

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Black's Cemetery Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Black's Cemetery

Black’s Cemetery began on the original farm of James Black, an 1819 settler from North Knapdale, Argyllshire, Scotland. The earliest grave is that of John Blue, from 1844. The location is near the site of the original Baptist church. Heritage trees in the southwest corner are marked Austrian pine. In 2004, the cemetery became the responsibility of the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich. For your tour, you can find a map and cemetery brochure here.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

28788 Talbot Line
Wallacetown, Ontario
Telephone: 519-762-2204

Architecture

Year built: 1844
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 24, 2021
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (when a volunteer will be available; visits any other day or time will be self-guided)

Cowal-McBride Cemetery Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Cowal-McBride Cemetery

John McCallum of Cowal donated a portion of his deep and suitable property, located near the Dunwich Southwold townline, for part of the current north cemetery. In 1898, a separate new cemetery across the road to the south was created. Being one of the oldest cemeteries in Dunwich, Cowal-McBride is indicative of the early settlers' Scottish heritage and the difficult conditions that they found in their new home. Many stones commemorate very young wives, children lost to disease, and men killed in tragic accidents. For your tour, you can find a map and cemetery brochure here. Note: This cemetery appreciates donations for maintenance.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

33163 Aberdeen Line
Iona Station, Ontario
Telephone: 519-671-4935
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-cowal-mcbride-cemetery-association

Architecture

Year built: after 1840
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 24, 2021
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (when a volunteer will be available; visits any other day or time will be self-guided)

Fairview Cemetery Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Fairview Cemetery

Fairview Cemetery's foundation as a municipal burial ground continued the tradition of the largest Dutton Dunwich cemeteries being secular. Like the others, however, the earliest stones are reflective of early residents' Scottish roots and settlement patterns that saw whole communities relocated from Scotland, principally Argyllshire in Kintyre. Today, Fairview remains the municipality's largest and most active cemetery, with burials reflecting the community's increasingly diverse religious and cultural demographic. For your tour, you can find a map and cemetery brochure here.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

10764 Currie Road
Dutton, Ontario
Telephone: 519-762-2204

Architecture

Year built: 1896
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 24, 2021
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (when a volunteer will be available; visits any other day or time will be self-guided)

Iona Cemetery Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Iona Cemetery

The first burial at the Iona Cemetery took place in about 1816 – that of a man who had been travelling, had died and who was carried for miles by his friends in search of a suitable place to bury him. The place where this cemetery now stands was offered by Daniel McIntyre, its owner, and the man was buried there. Shortly after, a man by the name of William Angus was killed and also buried here. But the first recorded monument was to the wife of Samuel Garnsey, aged 68 years, who died in 1820. Many monuments now stand to mark the last resting place of the settlers from the early days of both Dunwich and Southwold. For your tour, you can find a map and cemetery brochure here.

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  • Self-guided tours available

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33488 Talbot Line
Iona, Ontario
Telephone: 519-769-2010
https://www.southwold.ca/en/living-here/cemeteries.aspx#Iona-cemetery--33488-Talbot-Line-Iona-ON

Architecture

Year built: 1816
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 24, 2021
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (when a volunteer will be available; visits any other day or time will be self-guided)

Lumley Cemetery Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Lumley Cemetery

The Lumley family has a long history in Iona as builders and merchants. This is the final resting place of Joseph, James, Louise (Clay), Elizabeth (Harris), Mary (Ryan) and another Mary Lumley. The main grave marker is granite, while the others are marble. For your tour, you can find a map and cemetery brochure here.

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  • Self-guided tours available

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8225 Iona Road
Iona, Ontario
Telephone: 519-762-2204

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 24, 2021
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (when a volunteer will be available; visits any other day or time will be self-guided)

McKillop Cemetery Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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McKillop Cemetery

A mile east of Wallacetown (1.6 kilometres) on the north side of Talbot Line is located a small cemetery next to the former Particular Covenanted Baptist Church. This land was donated by Duncan and Mary McKillop for $1 to trustees John McKillop, John McMillan and succeeding trustees. Angus Campbell witnessed the signing of the deed. This well-kept cemetery is still in use and maintained by the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, while the church property is privately owned. For your tour, you can find a map and cemetery brochure here.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

30490 Talbot Line
Wallacetown, Ontario
Telephone: 519-762-2204

Architecture

Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 24, 2021
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (when a volunteer will be available; visits any other day or time will be self-guided)

St. Helen's Cemetery Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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St. Helen's Cemetery

Timothy Crowley donated a corner of his farm for use as a Catholic cemetery in 1887. The donation was requested by his wife following the death of the couple's daughter. Prior to the establishment of St Helen's Cemetery's, Dutton Dunwich's faithful Catholics would have transported their dearly departed to either the Cemetery of the North American Martyrs in Wardsville or Holy Angels Cemetery in St. Thomas. For your tour, you can find a map and cemetery brochure here.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

28291 Thomson Line
Dutton, Ontario
Telephone: 519-670-2767
https://elginrcparishes.ca/st-marys-and-st-helens-cemeteries-1

Architecture

Year built: 1887
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 24, 2021
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (when a volunteer will be available; visits any other day or time will be self-guided)

St. Peter's Anglican Cemetery Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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St. Peter's Anglican Cemetery

Situated on a knoll overlooking Lake Erie, St. Peter’s Anglican Cemetery is a portion of 4 hectares (10 acres) given by Mary Patterson Storey who settled in the community in 1809. The cemetery’s first burial was in March 1825. In the original part of the cemetery are the remains of Colonel Thomas Talbot founder of the Talbot Settlement, as well as George Crane, the first settler in Dunwich, and many families who lived on surrounding farms. For your tour, you can find a map and cemetery brochure here.

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  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

29625 Lakeview Line
Wallacetown, Ontario
Telephone: 519-494-3282
Email: gwells@teksavvy.com
https://stpeterschurchtyrconnell.org

Architecture

Year built: 1825
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 24, 2021
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (when a volunteer will be available; visits any other day or time will be self-guided)

St. Stephen's Cemetery Burwell Park Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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St. Stephen's Cemetery Burwell Park

Colonel Mahlon Burwell, a devout Anglican, donated the land for this cemetery and church and was buried here along with his wife, Sarah. This rural location is known as Burwell’s Corners (the family had a house, farm and the land registry office on the northwest corner). While those buildings are gone now, this beautiful and peaceful country cemetery remains. For your tour, you can find a map and cemetery brochure here.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

33105 Fingal Line
Fingal, Ontario
http://stpeterschurchtyrconnell.org/ststeph.htm

Architecture

Year built: before 1846
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 24, 2021
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (when a volunteer will be available; visits any other day or time will be self-guided)

Tyrconnell Cemetery Doors Open Dutton Dunwich

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Tyrconnell Cemetery

This cemetery is located on land that was donated by Meredith Conn, a important figure in the development of the Dunwich area. Opened in 1870, it was originally a burial ground for members of the Methodist church (1855-1926), which was located in the village of Tyrconnell. The region continues to attract new residents from around the world and many have chosen this peaceful corner of Dutton Dunwich as their final resting place. For your tour, you can find a map and cemetery brochure here.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

28373 Lakeview Line
Wallacetown, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1870
Building type: Cemetery
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Sunday October 24, 2021
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (when a volunteer will be available; visits any other day or time will be self-guided)