Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Harris Cemetery

I had to take a quick trip out to Bear River at the end of the day today. Since I was going to take some pictures, I had my camera beside me in the car. As I was driving down highway 1, the little Harris family cemetery in Upper Clements caught my eye. It must have been something in the light today because, as far as cemeteries go, there is really nothing special about the Harris Cemetery. I have driven by this cemetery countless times without stopping. It is not a large or grand cemetery. There is no cast iron fence or imposing mausoleum. In all honesty, there are only a handful of stones and several of these have been knocked over. This is in all ways a very humble and somewhat forgotten cemetery and, it is because of this that I am glad that I stopped to take some pictures.

The Harris Cemetery is a fairly early cemetery. The oldest stone, for a child's burial, dates to 1798. This stone is another of the angel head stones that I admire. For some of the images of angel head stones I have collected in the Annapolis Royal region, click the cemetery button on the left side of the blog.

This is the cemetery where Captain John Harris is buried. I have had some opportunity to read about Captain Harris' exploits as he operated as a privateer during the war of 1812. Our sister organization, the Historical Association of Annapolis Royal, has printed a transcription of part of one of his journals from this period. I have a combined interest in the war of 1812 and privateering in Nova Scotia so Captain Harris' journals make for great reading.

If you find yourself driving down highway 1 in Upper Clements some day, I would recommend stopping to look around at this cemetery. It is small and some of the stones are on their sides but it really is a charming little cemetery. By the way, the early Spring is a particularly good time of year to visit otherwise overgrown cemeteries. Since the grass has not had the chance to grow again, the stones are more visible at this time of year.

All for now,


  1. Wow. This cemetery looks like something out of a scary movie. These are some great pictures though.

  2. As a descendant of Lt. Col. Benjamin Hunt, I am quite interested in any possible records pertaing to this cemetery. He was a Loyalist who came to Nova Scotia after the War. Benjamin supposedly drowned, when his cattle scow tipped over, crossing the Annapolis River near Upper Clements. I don't know if there are any other cemeteries in that area.