The Old Burial Ground
Fredericton, New Brunswick

The capital city of New Brunswick, Fredericton, is steeped in history and the people there do a good job of interpreting it. The staff at the historic sites are knowledgeable and costumed interpreters give walking tours of historic buildings in the downtown area (be prepared: if you don't like first person interpretation, you may not like these tours). The walking tours also include a visit to the Old Burial Grounds.

Although not as old as the St. John grounds, this cemetery is the final resting place of a number of important political and social figures from the early days of Fredericton including the family plot of the controversial Lemuel Wilmot. Wilmot was appointed Attorney General in 1848 and championed many political reforms including responsible government (some say to his own ends). He was a great supporter of Confederation and was New Brunswick's first native born Lieutenant Governor (1868-1873). The tomb of his wife and son (who died on the same day) is pictured at left. Note the deterioration of the monument (known as spalling) where the stone has deteriorated from within. This is an example of a monument which would be damaged should someone attempt to do a "rubbing"of the inscription.

Sadly, the Old Burial Ground at Fredericton contains some very poor examples of repairs and preservation. Although some of the repairs in the cemetery are themselves old and completed before the effects of such repairs were known (centre panel) others are newer and are examples of inappropriate use of materials and techniques. The repair in the left panel uses an industrial adhesive like that used to glue panelling to walls. On the tombstone on the right, an unknown adhesive has been used and simply smeared around to fill the missing areas.

Here again, one can see tombstones that have been painted over. In the example below, the paint has all but obscured the inscription.