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Eastern Cemetery, Portland

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The 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 major cemetery, and has more than 4,000 marked graves. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.Description and historyPortland's Eastern Cemetery is located on the northeastern part of the city's peninsula, at the base of Munjoy Hill, occupying a roughly triangular lot bounded on the north by Congress Street, the east by Mountfort Street, and the south by Federal Street. The sloping lot is only at street level along Congress and part of Mountfort Street, the rest supported by a stone retaining wall. Its street-facing sides are ringed by iron fencing, with the main entrance on Congress Street, marked by pairs of granite posts. Chain-link fencing runs along the southwestern boundary with abutting properties. The cemetery is mostly grass, with occasional trees that are generally volunteer growth.The Eastern Cemetery is the oldest major cemetery in Portland. Established in 1668, it now has more than 4,000 graves. Mary Green's head and foot stone mark the oldest known burial of May 23, 1717. The cemetery was active until the 1860s, and is about 5.3acre in size. The present iron and granite fence along Congress Street was erected in 1916. The granite receiving tomb to the right of the entrance was built in 1849, and the retaining walls along Mountfort and Federal Streets date to 1852.
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  • Explore the old Portland cemetery and see the list of who's who in the yesteryear of Portland's heritage some stones dating back to the 1700's  more »
  • It's an old cemetery, but needs some attention and many of the monuments are worn off and unreadable.  more »
  • 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).  more »
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  • Very rich with history.a lot of civil war soldiers,war of 1812,&revolutionary war soldiers. There is some stones that are in need of care,but its better then the western cemetery. Hope they keep this cemetery in good order for our future.
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  • A beautiful window into history. We need to do more to save this place for future generations.

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You'll discover a number of hotels in Portland's waterfront area--one of the city's liveliest neighborhoods--that offer proximity to a selection of restaurants and bars. If bed and breakfasts are more your style, look to the city's West End, where a number of establishments sit alongside fine 19th-century mansions. Those interested in staying in Munjoy Hill can find a number of vacation rentals there.
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