Stories in the Stones Tours

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Hamilton Cemetery Free Public Tours

Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries are like museums, with their headstones serving as a record of our culture and social history. Through an enduring stone, they reflect personal and national sentiment; speak of love, pity, and patriotism; summarize lives of remarkable longevity and remind us of lives lost through tragedy.

Many of Hamilton’s colourful characters and history lie buried in our cemeteries. The cemetery tour – The Stories In The Stones - tells their fascinating stories through free guided walking tours at Hamilton Cemetery.

The Hamilton Cemetery is Canada’s first and oldest municipally owned and operated cemetery providing a lasting memorial, permanent tribute and a final resting place to many loved ones. Hamilton Cemetery houses some notable burials. Early settlers such as Robert Land and George Hamilton, victims of the Desjardins Railway Disaster and a large number of past Mayors of Hamilton rest here. Former Senators and American Civil War Veterans (War of 1812) can also be found buried in this historical cemetery.

Join us for a lively, informative tour of selected grave sites in historical Hamilton Cemetery. 
Tours start at 11 am at the Cemetery Gatehouse 777 York Blvd. across from Dundurn Castle and run for approximately 2 hours. Tours are free and hosted by volunteer guides. Tours and dates are subject to change.

  • No reservations necessary
  • Tours run rain or shine
  • Bring any necessary food or drinks
  • Dress appropriately for weather conditions
  • Schedule subject to change

Cemeteries are sacred places where the dead are laid to rest with dignity. Visitors are asked to behave respectfully, please follow the directions and instructions of your tour guide.

Schedule of tours

Each tour has a unique theme. In some cases the theme has several parts. The tours that indicate Parts 1 & 2 have been split to share more historical information, stories and due to the geographical area in the cemetery. The Best of Part 1 & 2 is a combined tour that includes parts from both tours.

Stories in the Stones: Hamilton Firsts Tour

Saturday, July 20, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about the many firsts of Hamilton, The first mayor, the first doctor, the first settler, and many more.

Stories in the Stones: The Hamilton Women’s Tour Part 2

Saturday, July 27, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about how women have played an important part in the history from mothers, matrons, educators, artists and even a murderer.

Stories in the Stones: War of 1812 Tour

Saturday, August 3, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about the War of 1812 and the Fort at Burlington Heights. From fort to cemetery. 

Stories in the Stones: Art Crawl Tour Part 1

Saturday, August 10, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Continue the James Street North Art Crawl in the Hamilton Cemetery. Meet the artists, poets and musicians of the past and learn their stories.

Stories in the Stones: The Firefighters Tour

Saturday, August 17, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about these local heroes who died saving our lives, homes, and our city, from devastating fires.

Stories in the Stones: Power of the City Tour

Saturday, August 24, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about the “powers” that drive this city. Industry, transportation, crime and yes, love.

Stories in the Stones: The Hamilton Women’s Tour Best of Part 1 & 2

Saturday, August 31, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about how women have played an important part in the history from mothers, matrons, educators, artists and even a murderer.

Stories in the Stones: The Disasters Tour Part 2

Saturday, September 7, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn of events that tried to destroy our city. Disasters, demises, diseases, and yes disappearances.

Stories in the Stones: Art Crawl Tour Part 2

Saturday, September 14, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Continue the James Street North Art Crawl in the Hamilton Cemetery. Meet the artists, poets and musicians of the past and learn their stories.

Stories in the Stones: The Firefighters Tour

Saturday, September 21, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about these local heroes who died saving our lives, homes, and our city, from devastating fires.

Stories in the Stones: The Past Mayors Tour

Saturday, September 28, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn who lead us, when, and what happened in Hamilton on their watch. Who were these guys and what did they do for our city?

Stories in the Stones: The Masonic Tour Part 2

Saturday, October 5, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

A Da Vinci Code Tour? Learn about the Masons in Hamilton and their influence on the City. Secrets will be revealed.

Stories in the Stones: Art Crawl Tour Best of Part 1 & 2

Saturday, October 12, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Continue the James Street North Art Crawl in the Hamilton Cemetery. Meet the artists, poets and musicians of the past and learn their stories.

Stories in the Stones: Power of the City Tour

Saturday, October 19, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about the “powers” that drive this city. Industry, transportation, crime and yes, love.

Stories in the Stones: War of 1812 Tour

Saturday, October 26, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about the War of 1812 and the Fort at Burlington Heights. From fort to cemetery. 

Stories in the Stones: The Civil War Tour

Saturday, November 2, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about Hamiltonians who went to war, survived and returned home.

Stories in the Stones: The Veterans Tour - Remembrance Event & Tour

Friday, November 8, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Honour the men and women from Hamilton, who served from 1776 to the Korean War.

Stories in the Stones: The Veterans Tour

Saturday, November 16, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Honour the men and women from Hamilton, who served from 1776 to the Korean War.

Tours are presented by: Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries
Sponsored by: Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Homes
Hosted by:  Robin McKee of Historical Perceptions