As necropoli go, the TORONTO Necropolis is a small one. Opened in 1850 to replace the ‘Strangers Burying Ground’ or Potter’s Field, this cemetery is the final resting place for 50,000.
A number of those buried here have famous names – William Lyon Mackenzie, TORONTO’s first mayor and leader of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion; George Brown, a Father of Confederation; Roy Brown, a fighter pilot credited with shooting down the Red Baron; Ned Hanlan, world champion oarsman; Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott, first Canadian-born black surgeon; Kay Christie, Canadian nursing sister in Hong Kong during the Japanese invasion; John Ross Robertson, newspaperman; and on and on and on.
For the full Necropolis experience go on a day of drizzle, fog and dark shadows like I did. I met four individuals coming out of the fog, and I must admit that was just a little bit spooky.
<PHOTO – entrance to the Necropolis after a snow storm>
The TORONTO Necropolis is located at 200 Winchester Street, opposite Riverdale Farm.