Monday, March 21, 2011

Knox Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Elders' Mills

Commemorative Plaque

Corner Stone of Church

Cairn on site of Church foundation

Founding of Elders' Mills

Knox Presbyterian Cemetery

Knox Presbyterian Church Cemetery, aka Auld Kirk (Vaughan) is located on the north side of Rutherford Road , west of Hwy 27 in the City of Vaughan. 

 The church was organized in 1845 and the first church built on this site in 1854, the earliest burial was in 1853.  

In 1883 a stone church was built to replace the original one. The church closed in 1961 and the building and cemetery were assumed by the Town of Vaughan in 1973. In the following year the church was consumed and completely destroyed by fire. In 1975 the Town of Vaughan decided to demolish the remnants as there was too much deterioration to try and restore the building.  

In 1983, in what would have been the church's centennial, a cairn was erected and dedicated by the then Town of Vaughan on the site of where the church once stood.  Today the cemetery is maintained by the City of Vaughan and still receives burials for those who have family plots, other wise it is closed. 

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