In quiet corners of Colchester County more than a dozen graveyards contain the remains of the Planters who arrived here during the 18th century. These cemeteries are beautiful, peaceful burying grounds tended with care—some of the prettiest places you can imagine.
Carol Campbell and Jim Smith, local historians and authors of several volumes about Cobequid Planters, compiled a list of almost 200 names of men and women who arrived on these shores, beginning in 1761, from New England and Ireland to found the townships of Truro, Onslow and Londonderry.
During May and June of 2011 five separate events were held, visiting more than a dozen graveyards from Upper Stewiacke to Economy to place commemorative flags. This was the Cobequid Planters 250 Society’s way of honouring these brave individuals. In many cases we were able to arrange to have a representative of the descendants place the flag. Society members attended each event in 18th century attire.
Society member Jacqueline Archibald created a resource binder featuring each gravesite marked with a Planter flag. Jacqueline and Judy Graham took all of the photos in Colchester cemeteries, recording the information about the individuals being honoured.
In addition to this copy of the binder, a master copy will be kept in the Colchester Historical Society Archives and additional copies are in various locations around the County.
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Carol (Cock) MacKay