Salem Cemetery in Northumberland, Ontario
This historic cemetery is located in Cramahe Township, on County Road 2, between the village of Colborne, and the town of Brighton.
We have found evidence of burials dating back as far as 1812, which indicates the site was being used as a burying ground many years prior to the official transfer to Thomas Webb in 1860.
The cemetery has thus provided a tangible visual history from at least the above dates to the present, and hopefully far into the future.
Salem Cemetery is a non-profit organization, governed by a Board of Directors. The Board manages the ongoing care and maintenance of the cemetery, fundraising for capital projects, and acts as historians in partnership with the community and families.
Salem Cemetery provides areas for in-ground full body or cremation burials, and above-ground columbarium niches.
My kindred sleep beneath this quiet earth,
Making no mark upon life’s busy page.
The quiet stars look down,
The blizzards howl and rage,
Yet no rude sound disturbs their lowly bed
In this small ancient garden of the dead.
I sometimes think the grass is greener here,
And earth is lovelier because they sleep
Dreaming the quiet centuries away,
Where roots of tall white lilies burrow deep
In the rich dust where some forefather lies,
The sun forever in his dreaming eyes.
Between the quiet rows we seek and find
A little headstone furred with tender moss,
The quaint old lettering is worn and dim,
The tiny sprigs of lichen trail across
As if to veil the names engraved hereon:
William and James...Ursula...Benjamin...John