The Memorial Garden Committee of the Hantsport & Area Historical Society was formed in 2009 after a chance conversation as to how many people were lying in unmarked graves in Riverbank Cemetery here in Hantsport.
A list was prepared from the Cemetery records showing that there were 224 resting in unmarked graves. Over a considerable time with many hours of research and actual checking of cemetery lots we were able to finalize that there were 115 who did not have marked graves and the actual plot locations were unknown.

Doug Symonds and Jane Haliburton at the dedication ceremony

Brian Bishop, Doug Symonds, Jane Haliburton, and Juanita Wilcox

One of the four Memorial Plaques

The then Town of Hantsport granted an area of land within the Cemetery for the location of the Memorial Garden. Mrs. Rose-Marie Stirrat with her horticultural expertise presented the Society with four plans for the Garden of which the one you see at the Cemetery was chosen. She also chose the plants which would be in keeping with the seasons of the year. Three benches and the tribute stands were donated by families and businesses of the Community.
The Garden is maintained by the Mt. Denson Garden club as their Community project for which the Society is truely indebted.
The formal dedication of the Memorial Garden took place 17 September 2017 with a large attendance from the Community present. The four plaques that are within the garden with the names of those whom we were honouring were unveiled by represatative family members.
The Hantsport & Area Historical Society invites you to visit the Memorial Garden and spend a few quite moments to honour those citizens from the past who now have not been forgotten.

The Hants Journal covered the event and you may read their article here.