Walking tours! Subterranean Celebrity Eunice Osgood gets a makeover. Spirits Alive is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Portland, Maine's historic Eastern Cemetery through a range of activities including promotion and education.
Spirits Alive at the Eastern Cemetery
Spirits Alive at the Eastern Cemetery | eNews, August 2015
Marble Monuments, Eastern Cemetery

Walking Tours

Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays
11:00am to Noon

These tours are led by trained volunteers, who cover the cemetery's history, prominent historical figures, and early gravestone art. Off-schedule and/or shorter private tours are also available, at no extra charge.

Bring your out-of-town guests and neighbors! This year, you can purchase tickets ahead of time! $10 adults, $5 students, $5 seniors over 65, and children under 12 free.

Guides are on hand to give 1/2-hour tours from time to time, so if you see the sign out, stop in!

Resetting a headstone
Diane and Kara reset a headstone for Patience Waterhouse. Photo by Janet Alexander

Stone Conservation Workdays

Saturdays, September 12 & 19, 2015
8:30am to 12:30pm

Our faithful team of conservators has been working hard this summer to reset and clean gravestones all over the cemetery! Join us to learn about how to care for these fragile stones. If you can't make it on Saturdays, contact us to join a small group that meets on some Mondays.
Come learn about stone conservation on our hands-on workdays! Find more information on stone conservation workdays as well as a step-by-step process of working on stones complete with photos.

headstone stages from below ground to reset
The stages of Eunice's headstone: below ground, braced, and repaired.
Photos by Ron Romano and Janet Alexander

Subterranean Celebrity: Eunice Osgood

Died September 18, 1854

"...we found Eunice under 6 inches of sod,
about 2 feet from where she really belongs."

Little is known about her life, much is known about the re-establishment of her headstone. Eunice Osgood was wife to the Brigadier General Francis B. Osgood who served in the Maine Militia during the War of 1812. That much we know. We don't know about her—what her hopes and dreams were, whether she enjoyed her life. Such is the state of many people buried here. Unless they were of great wealth or fame, there is little known about who they were. As with many stones in the EC, Eunice's marker had broken and fallen, unnoticed. Over the years, sod and grass covered her fragments. Now her monument is upright and sitting next to her husband's. Just the way it should be.
wife of
Gen. Francis B.
September 18, 1854
AET. 77
Let angels watch the sleeping dust, 

Til Jesus comes to raise the just.
Then may she wake in sweet surprise,
And in her savior’s image rise.

Eunice's marble stone is a very typical style for the Eastern Cemetery. Her name is carved in relief with a rectangular background. Her title "wife" is followed by her husband's full name and her death date, then age. We are thrilled that our volunteer conservators not only found her headstone and put it back together, but also were able to decipher the epitaph—which is often not the case.

You can suggest a subterranean celebrity! Just send an email—it doesn't take much to make a nice little story. An index of all of our Subterranean Celebrities is available.

Ask Amazon to Donate to Spirits Alive

If you're an Amazon shopper, here's an easy way to support your favorite historic Maine cemetery:

  • Go to smile.amazon.com
  • Enter "Spirits Alive" in the box
  • Choose the non-profit in Portland, Maine from the list

Voila! A portion of all of your purchases through smile.amazon.com will go to our efforts to support, conserve and promote this historic outdoor museum. Thank you!

$5 Friendships Help the Eastern Cemetery

Support the work of Spirits Alive with your giving

For only $5, you can help Spirits Alive keep the Eastern Cemetery alive for generations to come and join as a Friend. Through your support, you can help us, an ALL-VOLUNTEER organization, to continue to:

  • Keep the gates open – encouraging the community to explore its open and safe green space
  • Offer education about the cemetery and its residents to the public – through tours, lectures, and events
  • Encourage and support the city in keeping the site clean and safe for visitors of all ages
  • Preserve this incredible outdoor museum and sacred historic landscape
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.

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PO Box 18209, Portland, ME 04112-8209 
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