Spirits Alive at the Eastern Cemetery
Marble Headstones on Funeral Lane in Eastern Cemetery
Poole family plot in the Eastern Cemetery.

Tour Season in Full Swing!

Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday Mornings: 11:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday Evenings (8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25): 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$10 or $5 for seniors and students

Special in August: evening tours at 5:30pm on Thursdays. Join us as we explore the cemetery when the day gets cooler. This is the first time we're offering these evening tours, and we may not continue, so get in on it now!
Join us as we walk the grounds of the oldest historic landscape in Portland, Maine. Our trained guides cover the cemetery's history, prominent historical figures, and early gravestone art. We'd love to have you, and you can even purchase tickets before the tour! All funds go directly back into the cemetery's conservation and educational programs. If you can't make the regularly-scheduled times, let us know! We may be able to arrange a special time for you at no extra charge.

Early Gravestones of Southern Maine book cover
Early Gravestones of Southern Maine by Ron Romano

Official Bartlett Adams Book Launch

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Maine Charitable Mechanic Association
519 Congress Street, Portland, Maine

Meet the author, Ron Romano, and hear him discuss and read from his new book! Ron is a Portland resident, MCMA member and Spirits Alive Board member. He will discuss, sign, and read from his new book as well as present slides highlighting the incredible skill of Portland’s first gravestone cutter, Bartlett Adams. This event is free, open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

More info is available by emailing MCMA1857@gmail.com or calling 207-773-8396.

Sponsors: Maine Charitable Mechanic Association (MCMA), The History Press & Spirits Alive

2 conserved marble headstones
William Smith, braced while his fresh repair dries in the summer sun, is next door to Rufus Washburn who has a brand-spanking new base under that ground. Both stones were facedown in the dirt for many years.

Upcoming Stone Conservation Days

Saturdays, July 30, August 6 & 20, 2016
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Rain Dates: Sundays

Join us on a cemetery adventure conserving and cleaning stones. We practice basic stone conservation, and all volunteers are welcome! Please wear long pants (or layers), sturdy shoes, and a hat. Your own gardening gloves are a bonus, but we have extras if you need them.  Find how we do conservation! We have more dates available this summer. Learn how you, with the knowledge gained from this hands-on conservation day, can help us in Eastern Cemetery, or help improve the stones in your own local burial ground.

We are a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Portland, Maine’s historic Eastern Cemetery through a range of activities including promotion and education.