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Old Durham Road Black Pioneer Settlement Self-guided Tour

History & heritage Storytelling Tour
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Grey Highlands, ON

Directions: 44.213594, -80.580949 From Flesherton: Drive west on Grey County Road 4, Turn left onto Durham Rd B, watch for signs From Durham: Drive east on Grey County Road 4, Pass through the village of Priceville, Turn right onto Durham Rd B, watch for signs.



Offered in English.


The Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery Committee invites you to join us on a self-guided tour of the Old Durham Road's historic Black settlement, Sunday, September 29, 2019, 1-3pm.

Stops along the way include:

settler's lots

the Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery

the school house (SS#7)

South Grey Museum

and more.

There will be an interpreter at each site who will have stories to tell!

Pick up your map at:

Arts on Ten (Flesherton)

South Grey Museum (Flesherton)

Grey Highlands Libraries (Markdale & Flesherton)

Durham Art Gallery (Durham)

The Garafraxa (Durham)

The Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery Decoration Service (September 15, 2019 @ 2:00 PM)

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Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery Committee

In 1989, a group of interested citizens formed the Old Durham Road Pioneer Cemetery Committee to restore the burial ground and register it as a cemetery. 1990 they found four headstones in a nearby pile of rocks. In 2015, the Cemetery Committee refurbished the site. The four historic grave stones are now safe-guarded from damage in a covered pavilion designed to evoke memories of cemetery dead houses, roadside chapels and rural structures such as log cabins and covered bridges. The monument, symbolizes safe passage and is oriented due north, as a way to commemorate the many paths to freedom taken by refugees from slavery. (Copyright Heritage Grey Highlands)

The committee organizes a yearly Decoration Service at the cemetery each September to remember those pioneers that came before us.


Carl Stevenson

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