Dwyer Hill Pioneer Roman Catholic Burial Ground
Marlborough Township, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada



 May 13, 2019:

The following text is an excerpt from the book Planted by Flowing Water - the history of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ottawa, 1847-1997

August 5, 2004: Thanks to Steve Baker for tracking down the pioneer cemetery near Dwyer Hill! ... Al from Steve: This, the oldest known cemetery in Marlborough Township, served the community of Irish Catholics around Dwyer Hill and Richmond until circa 1867. Due to the nature of the graves, it is unique in the township and rare in Ontario. Shallow excavations covered with stones in a low cairn were marked by planks inscribed with paint. The spartan character of the cemetery reflects the hardships of life for early settlers. Directions to Dwyer Hill Pioneer Roman Catholic Burial Ground From Ottawa LOCATION: Dwyer Hill Pioneer Roman Catholic Burial Ground (Abandoned) near Dwyer Hill Station. Con 9, parts of lots 22 and 23, Marlborough Township · Take Highway 417 West to Eagleson Road exit · Turn left (South) onto Eagleson Road · Drive south for 14km to the town of Richmond. · Turn Right (West) on Perth Street · Go about 12.5 km west on Perth Street until you come to a 4 way stop (This is Dwyer Hill Road) · At this 4 way stop, turn left (South) onto Dwyer Hill Road · Drive 6.4 km south on Dwyer Hill Road past St. Clare Roman Catholic Church & Cemetery until you see O'Neil Road on your left (East). · Turn left (east) onto O'Neil Road · About 0.7 km down the road, you will cross over train tracks. · Park to the left side of the road at an opening just before the Hydro Power lines (Less than 0.2) km further east. · The original old side road/trail that once led to the cemetery is just a hundred feet further down O’Neil road on the left. (0.2km from the railway crossing). It is now overgrown with weeds and trees and is inaccessible by car. · Follow this old trail north until you reach the train tracks. · At the other side of the tracks, there is a chain link fence that runs from the Train tracks, under the power lines and to the tree line on the far side (North) of the Power Lines. Follow this chain link fence to the tree line on the far side (North) of the Power Lines. · You will see a sign with a cross, nailed to a tree indicating the beginning of a trail that goes to the Pioneer Cemetery. The Sign states “CEM. Pioneer. Follow trail”. · After about 5 or 10 Minutes into the trail, there is a fork in the trail. Stay on the left trail. · Shortly after the fork, you will approach a plaque marking the location of the Pioneer cemetery on the right.
See also the registers of the Cemetery for St. Clare's Church.
E-mail Steve Baker and Al Lewis

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