At the Mount Forest Cemetery, Coaticook’s story line is felt at every turn in the path. Within it are the monuments of all of the English-speaking families who built the town in the 19th century.
The landscaping of this vast Protestant cemetery was inspired by British garden cemeteries. The vegetation, the site, and the exceptional diversity of funerary heritage all combine to create a space perfect for a stroll and discovery.
Remains from Coaticook’s first Protestant cemetery, which had been located on Merrill Street since 1830, were transferred to the Mount Forest Cemetery when it opened in 1870.
A guide will accompany you throughout your visit, and three ghosts from the grave will tell their tales from another time: Lydia Child, wife of Member of the House of Assembly and merchant Marcus Child; Reverend John Foster, the area’s first Anglican minister; and Ralph Wheeler, brother of sculptor Orson Wheeler.
Together with its photographs and archival documents, this audioguide will help make your visit of the Mount Forest Cemetery a memorable one. Be sure to travel to the cemetery itself: onsite, you will fully appreciate the beauty and the spirit of the place!
N.B. We suggest that you use the tour preload option on your smart device (tablet or telephone) by selecting “Preload.” You will then be able to access all of the content when you are onsite via the “My Tours” menu and to be guided by GPS without having to be connected to the Internet. We also recommend the use of earphones to fully enjoy the audio content.
Production: Les Productions Traces et Souvenances
Research, script, composition of texts, narration: Anne Dansereau
English translation: Stevenson & Writers Inc.
Artistic advisor and recordings director: Lysanne Gallant
Recording: Larry O’Malley, Audiobec Sono/Vidéo
Voice of Reverend Foster: Lewis Evans
Voice of Ralph Wheeler: Graeme Buchanan
Photographs: Anne Dansereau
Archival photographs: the Stanstead Historical Society, the Société d’histoire de Coaticook
Producer: Municipality of Coaticook