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.
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 truly indebted.