Fredericton, New Brunswick Churches & Cemeteries
Downtown Fredericton is famous for its historical (and beautiful) churches & cemeteries:
Brunswick Street United Baptist Church
Corner of Brunswick & York
The first 13 members of the Baptist congregation met in January 1814, and in 1840 built its first church. This was destroyed by fire in 1882, at which time they began construction of the current neo-gothic church. It was built of local purple-blue freestone and boast a 60 foot (6 storey) spire. York House, the red brick building adjacent to the church is the co-educational seminary used by the Baptists and other denominations. The seminary was established in 1836, and closed in 1872 following passage of the School Act which created today's public school system. Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral
168 Church Street, between Queen & Brunswick Streets
Built in 1845-53, this building is one of the finest examples of decorated Gothic architecture in North America. Was the first new cathedral foundation built on British soil since the Norman Conquest in 1066. Free guided tours (1 hour) in July & August, Mon-Fri 9 am to 6 pm, Sat 10 am to 5 pm, and Sundays 1 pm to 5 pm. The Friday noontime Summer Recital Series features a variety of light classical music by local and non-local performers, weekly over the summer at 12:10 - 12:55pm.
Elmcroft Place, off Waterloo Row near Morrell Park Baseball Field
This is where the first Loyalists were buried who died the first harsh winter of 1783-1784, after they moved up here following the end of American Revolutionary War.
Old Public Burial Ground
Between Brunswick & George Streets, downtown
The most historically important cemetery in New Brunswick, includes the families of many Loyalists who moved here following the end of the American Revolutionary War. The cemetery was in active use for over 100 years, from 1787 until 1878 by act of the Legislature, though lot owners were permitted to continue interring their relatives. There are two monuments at the Burial Ground, one dedicated to United Empire Loyalists and another to British soldiers who served in Fredericton.
St Dunstan's Roman Catholic Church
Corner of Brunswick & Regent St
Father Michael Sweeny, from the Diocese of Quebec was the first Roman Catholic missionary to Fredirection, and built a small chapel in 1824. In 1842m the Diocese of New Brunswick was formed, and the new Bishop William Dollard began construction of a new cathedral. In 1965, the original church was replaced by the current structure, which has 14 stations of the cross and a number of artifacts from the original church. The church is open daily.
Wilmot United Church
Corner of Careleton & King Streets
One of the first Methodist churches in Canada, rebuilt by the congregation in 1852. This is one of the last remaining wooden churches, and seats 1200. In 1925 the church adopted the name "Wilmot" to honour its leading layman, Lemuel Allen Wilmot, a Fredericton native who went on to be the province's Lieutenant Governmor. The church's pipe organ is from Casavant Freres of Quebec, which was installed in 1951.