The Drummond Hill Cemetery is easy to miss as you drive toward the entertainment centre that is Niagara Falls. With lights calling you closer, you might not notice the cemetery that sits high on Lundy’s Lane. After a tour of the cemetery and an introduction to the history in those soils, I highly advise you to take a closer look.
The Drummond Hill Cemetery is the burial ground of many soldiers and figures from Niagara’s rich history. As this year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the stories of the Drummond Hill Cemetery are all the more topical. Actor’s wearing historically accurate outfits are there to portray some of the most interesting and historically significant figures laid to rest at the site.
Amongst the stories told are of Abraham Hull, the only American soldier to be buried on Canadian ground – because the cemetery keeper, William Dalton, befriended him. It was Dalton who kept chronological journals of his work at the cemetery and it is through these journals that we learn its history. It is his detailed account of his time at Drummond Hill that makes these tours possible.