Pleasant View Cemetery is a great viewpoint for admiring the surrounding landscapes! It is located in the heart of Barnston’s rich farmland, in the village long ago known as Barnston Corner.
The village grew at the junction of the area’s first roads, cleared by American pioneers in the early 1800s. Before the arrival of the train in Coaticook in 1853, Barnston Corner was the business centre of this township.
The cemetery is a poignant vestige of this era. Along with a broad range of burial markers, you’ll see the gravestones from the former Parker Cemetery. The monument for young John Parker is dated 1803 and is considered the oldest in the entire Coaticook region.
A guide will accompany you throughout your visit, and two ghosts from the grave will tell their tales from another time: freemason Epaphras Buckland, grandson of a pioneer, and Elizabeth Wheeler, wife of general storekeeper Cassius Remick.
Together with its photographs and archival documents, this audioguide will help make your visit of the Pleasant View 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 Epaphras Buckland: Jordan Deitcher
Voice of Elizabeth Remick: Jo Jo Rideout
Photographs: Anne Dansereau
Archival photographs: the Société d’histoire de Coaticook
We thank Pierrette Chagnon for the photograph of the old Parker farm.
Producer: Municipality of Coaticook