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Eastern Cemetery

224 Congress St, Mountfort St., Portland, ME 04101-3639
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Really, really old

Burials from the 1600s! Many of the older headstones were worn beyond being legible. But they... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Los Angeles
Browsing among the gravestones

If you enjoy looking at the names, dates and brief words inscribed on old grave stones this is one... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2017
Scarborough, Maine
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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. Tours available through Spirits Alive, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Portland's historic Eastern Cemetery.
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224 Congress St, Mountfort St., Portland, ME 04101-3639
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Burials from the 1600s! Many of the older headstones were worn beyond being legible. But they have a good map and guided tours. And it's close to the center of town (1/2 mile).

Thank mach111
Reviewed 14 June 2017

If you enjoy looking at the names, dates and brief words inscribed on old grave stones this is one of two of Portland's most historic and interesting cemeteries. It sits at the top of the Old Port, the foot of Munjoy Hill, with Congress St....More

Thank 888major
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

I love traveling to old cemeteries and appreciating the history surrounding the people no longer with us. I like to try and find the oldest gravestone. This cemetery was established in 1668 which is OLD! If you don't enjoy history, this may just be another...More

Thank Brian H
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Awesome place to visit to see many different head stones! This is the first cemetery in Maine so it's headstones are very cool to see!

Thank kesjost
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Lawn care is out of this world. Sadly, so are the people that reside here. I will certainly come back!

Thank Andy M
Reviewed 4 November 2016

This cemetery stands quietly on the Eastern Prommenade of Portland. Incredibly rich in history, it's been used since the 1600's. In spite of the city noise you can't help but feel the history here.

Thank Eventide16
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Took the last Sunday morning tour of the 2016 season. Angela was our tour guide. She was very friendly and knowledgeable about the cemetery and it's history! After the tour had ended, she helped me locate where my family was buried.

Thank fiddlegal1
Reviewed 16 October 2016

As we were walking around Portland we happened to pass by the cemetery. Glad we decided to explore. Some markers go back 300 years. You'll even see relatives of HW Longfellow buried here. I believe there are guided tours at times, but just walking through...More

Thank RetiredTraveler2009
Reviewed 15 October 2016

We had a lovely tour of the cemetery which is HIGHLY recommended so you don't miss the full history of the site and can see the oldest grave stones. It's also easy to visit on your own and you can google the key graves such...More

1  Thank EasternTraveler1921
Reviewed 1 October 2016

We were really impressed with our Spirits Alive tour given by volunteer Angela. It was awesome! The money all goes back to restoration of the cemetery which we learned has articles from 1818 in the newspaper requesting citizens stop vandalizing the headstones. There were 5...More

6  Thank BTfoeva
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