Eastern Cemetery, Portland
Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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.For Eastern Cemetery and beyond, use our Portland family vacation planner to get the most from your Portland vacation.
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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 lo... read more »
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 th... read more »
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 goo... read more »
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.
A beautiful window into history. We need to do more to save this place for future generations.
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