Beaverdams Rd
. - GPS N43 06.411  -  W079 13.215

The cemetery is located at the corner of Beaverdams Rd. and decou Rd. on the north side of Beaverdams Rd.

Historic designation is recommended for this site not only because of its age, but also because of its connection to early settlers, the War of 1812, the original folk art and the Grimsby Granite and Niagara Escarpment Limestone used on the tombstones.  The oldest visible stone in the cemetery is 1805.  Many of the stones, some with decorative motifs, are difficult to read but they have unique and interesting designs and epitaphs.  LACAC also has recommended that these stones be considered as historic artifacts and that steps be taken to secure their preservation.

The land was not dedicated as a burying ground until the 1820's, but burials were in fact recorded here as early as 1801.  This has been a burying ground for 200 years, making it one of the oldest cemeteries in Niagara and likely the oldest "free and public burying ground" in the City of Thorold.  Although history dates the oldest stone at this site as 1801, there are likely earlier burials there.  This is the resting place of many of the earliest settlers of Thorold Township and continued to be used for burials for pioneers throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

A list of those buried at this site is published by the Ontario Genealogical Society but may not be a complete listing.  Some of the names mentioned in the LACAC research report are Weaver, Couke, Hagar, Seburn, Goforth, Bell, Hopkins, Marlatt, Clevand, Hoover, Wellington, and Smith.

The unique site and surroundings make this a very picturesque area.  The heritage designation creates another point of interest in the decou/ Lake Gibson/ Beaverdams corridor.  It ties directly into the history of the area and particularly the already designated Beaverdams Church.  Heritage designation of this site makes it the oldest piece of history preserved in the City of Thorold.

For description and images of other designated properties, please click links below.

Designated Properties

Allanburg Heritage Oak Tree
Allanburg United Church
Allanburg Village Cemetery

Beaverdams Burying Grounds

Beaverdams Methodist Church & Graveyard

Beckett’s Reserve, Duncan McFarland House,
Stephen Beatty House

Calcott-Walker House

Camp House

Carl, Misener, Bald Cemetery

Carnegie Library

Carr-Millar-McMillan Block
Carroll-Tracy House
Carter-Holland House

Chestnut Hall

Constable House

Decew Young House

Decou House Monument

Dobbie House
Dominion Government Building
East Side School Bell
Fire Bell

First Presbyterian Church

Flannery House
Fraser-McMann House
George Bouk House

Grenville House

Griffiths House
Kennedy-Ward House
L.G. Lorriman/Central School
Lynch House
Macartney Drug Store

Memorial Park

Millar House
Millstone - Welland Mills

Moore-Lampman House
Munro House
O'Brien House
Old Firehall
Port Robinson Brick School

Quebec Bank

Robert Elliot House

Ross House

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

Sir Edward Beatty House

Stewart House

The Stone Store

Trinity United Church
War Memorial

Welland Canal 2nd River Lock

Welland Mills