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Bethesda Church and Burying Ground

Bethesda Church and Burying Ground

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

Bethesda Church and Burying Ground

Photo from Google Street View ©2018 Google - Posted April, 2018

Plaque Location

The Region of York
The Town of Markham
In Unionville, at the end of the southern entrance to the
William Berczy Settlement Historical Cemetery
on the east side of Kennedy Road
.4 km north of 16th Avenue

Coordinates: N 43 53.007 W 79 18.888


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Plaque Text

When the first German settlers led by William Berczy arrived in this area in 1794, they were accompanied by the Rev. S. Liebrich who established here one of Upper Canada's earliest Lutheran congregations. Services were held at first in the house of Phillip Eckardt, but under the guidance of the Rev. Johan D. Petersen, who was pastor 1819-29, a church named St. Phillip's was constructed on this site in 1820. Eckardt donated the land for the church and burying ground, and this log structure, later renamed Bethesda, was used by the congregation until it was replaced by a brick building in 1862. The latter was moved to Unionville in 1910.

Another plaque at this location
The Berczy Settlement 1794

Related Ontario plaque
William Berczy (1744-1813)



Markham Plaques

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