The 3 Most Historical Cemeteries of The Greater Portland Area!

Do you get scared easily? How do you feel about cemeteries? Historical cemeteries are the most interesting, educational, and a little spooky with a twist!

I am going to be discussing the three most historical cemeteries in The Greater Portland Area. I believe that cemeteries have a lot of valuable information when it comes to the history of our beloved city of Portland, Maine.

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Fun Fact: The Eastern Cemetery the oldest historic landscape in Portland, Maine.

 1.Eastern Cemetery

The Eastern Cemetery was established in 1668, the Eastern Cemetery is located at 224 Congress Street in Portland, Maine. The oldest historic landscape in the city, the cemetery is home to around 4,000 interred.

In 1890, a map and survey of the cemetery was done by William A. Goodwin. In 1990, this survey was updated by historian William Jordan and a map was also created during this time.

There is a link below of the map of The Eastern Cemetery:

http://www.portlandmaine.gov/documentcenter/view/1685

 Cemetery Grounds Hours:

January-December: Open 24 hours.

 2.Evergreen Cemetery

 Evergreen Cemetery is a garden style cemetery in the Deering neighborhood of Portland, Maine. There are 239 acres of land, it is the largest cemetery in the state. It was established in 1855 in what was then Westbrook, Maine. The cemetery is home to one of the state’s most impressive collections of funerary art.

The cemetery was designed by Charles H. Howe as a rural landscape with winding carriage paths, ponds, footbridges, gardens, chapel, funerary art, and sculpture. It also includes extensive wooded wetlands. Approximately 65,000 people are buried in Evergreen Cemetery. Evergreen was modeled after America’s first rural cemetery, the Evergreen Cemetery is located at 672 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME 04103.

Improvements Timeline

◦1893 – The present cemetery office was built.

◦1902 – Wilde Chapel was built.

◦1970s – Walking trails were added in the undeveloped area towards the rear of the grounds.

 There is a link below of the map of The Evergreen Cemetery:

http://www.friendsofevergreen.org/wp-content/uploads/graphics/EvergreenPointsOfInterest.pdf

 Cemetery Grounds Hours:

April – November: Open every day: 8:00A.M.-6:30P.M.

November – April: Open every day: 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

 3.Western Cemetery

Founded in 1829 the Western Cemetery of Portland is the last resting place for veterans of the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War and WWI, several Maine historic figures and Portland’s poorest citizens. It is currently home to a pair of red tailed hawks and a nesting place for many song birds. Raccoons, skunks, possums, groundhogs and squirrels also make their home there.

It is often referred to as one of Maine’s most neglected cemeteries. Due to its location is has been the target of many vandals over the years. The loss of the cemetery’s master plan in the Great Fire of 1866 has left the question of just who is buried there and where, unanswered, which it’s location is at 2 Vaughan Street Portland, Maine (Western Promenade). I did a little bit of digging myself to see who could have been some of the notable burials in this cemetery:

  • Elijah Kellogg: Congregationalist minister, lecturer and author of popular boy’s adventure books.
  • Samuel Longfellow: Clergyman and hymn writer.
  • Stephen Longfellow: Congressman from Massachusetts, father of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  • Prentiss Mellen: First Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court.
  • Albion Parris: Fifth Governor of Maine, Senator from Maine, Mayor of Portland.

This blog is intended to bring attention to this beautiful, peaceful and neglected place. If you are a visitor to Portland, Maine it is worth the trip to find your way to the cemetery to enjoy a stroll or picnic. Though it is has fallen under hard times the cemetery remains one of the most beautiful places in the City of Portland, Maine.

There is a link below of the map of The Western Cemetery: 

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Cemetery Grounds Hours:

April – November: Open every day: 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

November – April: Open every day: 8:00A.M.-6:30P.M.

 

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