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A Trip to the Cemetery

 In the early days, a trip to the cemetery was a special occasion. Arriving at the gates, the visitors would park their carriages at the entrance and walk down to their lots.

Coloured picture of a brick house surrounded by trees and a metal fence with an opening with four large cement post for a beautiful driveway.

Cemetery Entrance, Mount Hermon Cemetery, Quebec, c. 2006

The lots were surrounded by granite corner posts with chains to preserve their privacy and to prevent people from walking on the graves. Some of the lot owners installed wrought-iron benches on their lots. The families would often spend considerable time at their family gravesite before returning to the city.

Purchase of lots

When a client would come to buy a lot in the cemetery the superintendent would walk through the grounds with the client and they would choose the lot together. Later they would go back to the office and enter the location of the chosen lot on the cemetery plans.

Black and white picture of cemetery plan of all the locations of the lots

Plans of Plots, Mount Hermon Cemetery, Quebec, c.2009

After that, the superintendent would draw up a title deed, which was later signed by the president of the cemetery, a director and the superintendent.

picture of a document of the deed of sale for lots.

Deed of Watt Family, Mount Hermon Cemetery, Quebec, c.1867


Rules and Regulations

The rules of conduct while on the cemetery grounds were to be followed by visitors and lot owners. These rules were in place to make sure that the sanctity of the cemetery grounds was respected at all times. The rules and regulations sign is located just inside the front entrance of the cemetery, so visitors can read the rules upon entering.

A color picture of the rules sign being presented to a group of people. There is a man presenting the sign, another man wearing a white blazer looking at the sign and women sitting in white chairs wearing nice clothing listening to the presentation. They are people standing in the background in front of the lodge.

Brian Treggett presenting restored sign, Mount Hermon Cemetery, Quebec, c.1999


The James Copeman Advertising Company made this sign in 1851. It was built from red cedar. During the winter months, the sign was stored in the barn. When Brian Treggett was younger, his father Harold would hire him to repaint the letters on this sign with special black paint.

Cemetery regulations restricted access on Sunday morning to lot owners and for relatives of the deceased. The superintendent was strict with these rules of conduct while on the grounds.

Coloured picture of a sign made of wood with black lettering. The wood board is surrounded by a dark green frame

Sign of rules and regulation before restoration, Mount Hermon Cemetery, Quebec, c.1999