During the 1870’s, concern about the possibility of contagious diseases being spread from the Old Burial Ground in the centre of town prompted discussion of a new cemetery.
In 1876, a group of distinguished individuals from various Protestant denominations founded the Fredericton Cemetery Company, later renamed as the Forest Hill Cemetery Company, with the aim to create a non-sectarian graveyard. The first known burial took place in 1877, almost a year after the selection of an appropriate location and the procurement of the land.
The prerequisites for a suitable burial site included being near the town center, having efficient drainage, and soil that could be worked with ease. The land bought at Hawthorne Hill, later known as Forest Hill, fulfilled all these stipulations set forth by the Company. Forest Hill Cemetery, located atop a hill, provides a panoramic view of the city and the St. John River.
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