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Eastern Cemetery, Portland

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Eastern Cemetery is a historic cemetery at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Congress Street in the East Bayside neighborhood of Portland, Maine. Established in 1668, it is the city's oldest historic site, and has more than 4,000 marked graves. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
The cemetery has been maintained since 2006 by the non-profit group Spirits Alive, who offer tours four days a week: Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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  • My husband and I had a tour with Spirits Alive on October 14, 2019. This group closed for the season the day before our arrival on a cruise ship, but the manager, Ron Romano, arranged that we could...  more »
  • My wife, my brother, sister-in-law, and I went on a docent-led tour of Eastern Cemetery in Portland, ME in September 2019. This is the oldest cemetery (and historic landscape) in Portland...  more »
  • Should be unlocked during the day. I don't want to do a tour, i want to look at it myself. Just disappointed that it was locked up during the middle of the morning, like it is an amusement and not a hallowed ground. What do people who have relatives there do if they want to visit? Pay for admission to see where their ancestors are laid to rest? I understand the importance of historical monuments and protection from vandalism but seriously, whoever os going to do that isn't going to do it in the middle of the day and the locks aren't going to stop them.
  • Very interesting cemetery. Check out the dead house, they used to store bodies there until spring so the ground would be thawed enough to bury them.

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