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Address: 224 Congress St, Mountfort St., Portland, ME 04101-3639
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Established in 1668, the Eastern Cemetery is located at 224 Congress Street...

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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Amazing history inside!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Baltimore
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Tacoma, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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 on your own in this peaceful setting it well worth the time.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 as those of the two sea captains killed in battle together. Don't miss having the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 other volunteers excavating when we were on our Thursday morning tour. They had two great... More 

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Gorham, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

The Eastern Cemetery is the burial ground of two British Sea Captains who fought one another aboard their ships in Portland Harbor. They were both casualties as a result of the battle and laid to rest side by side in this cemetery.

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Davidson NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This windy cemetery sits on a hill overlooking the water. It's filled with Revolutionary War, 1812 War, Civil War, WWI and WWII victims, as well as ordinary and famous citizens of Portland through the last 3 centuries. Fascinating and moving. Tours on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday during the summer, and on Halloween!

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Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

This old cemetery was used from the 1600's to about 1880 and gives one some of the flavor or the city's early history. One hour tours are offered once or twice a week at 11:00 and worth the investment of time and the modest fee.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

We were walking past the Eastern Cemetery and discovered that an informal tour was starting in a few minutes. So, we joined the small group and were fascinated by the stories of Portland's history as reflected in this plot of land that became the resting place of city founders, Revolutionary War heroes, sea captains, and various regional leaders and ordinary... More 

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Statesville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

It's a nice place to take a stroll and just look at the history of Portland. October is the perfect month to see all the changing leaves too!

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