Spirits Alive at the Eastern Cemetery
Spirits Alive at the Eastern Cemetery | eNews, September 2015
Family plot, Eastern Cemetery

Walking Tours

Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays until 10/18
11:00am to Noon

Our walking tours continue all the way to October 18. 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!

before and after conserving a marble headstone
William and Abba Drinkwater headstone, before and after conservation. Photos by Janet Alexander

Stone Conservation Workday

Saturday, October 3, 2015
8:30am to 12:30pm

Our faithful team of conservators has reset and cleaned 57 gravestones this summer! We have one more Saturday event this season where you can join us to learn about how to care for these fragile stones (weather permitting).

Find more information on stone conservation workdays as well as a step-by-step process of working on stones complete with photos.

Hope children headstone
Slate headstone of Robert and William Hope. Photo by Ron Romano

Subterranean Celebrities: Robert and William Hope

Died 1802 & 1806

Robert Hope was a stone-cutter who worked in the Portland shop of Bartlett Adams from about 1806 to 1808. He was an accomplished stone cutter in his own right, and by 1810 had his own shop in Boston. His work is found throughout southern Maine and Massachusetts, and his style of writing is very similar to that of Adams.

He and his wife Ann Alldridge lost an infant son while they lived in Maine. He and another of their children were memorialized on a pretty slate stone with beautiful lettering.

both died in infancy;
the former
died in Virginia 1802.
the latter
died in Portland 1806.

Special thanks to Ron Romano for the biographical information on Robert Hope.

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.

Upcoming Events—Mark Your Calendars!

Walk Among the Shadows 2015

Walk Among the Shadows - an evening walk through the cemetery ALL NEW!

This year, actors portraying our residents will act out an entire play in 4 parts  during your October evening stroll down Funeral Lane.
Bartlett Adams carving of a face
Bartlett Adams Lecture and Tour Combo with Maine Historical Society
Ron gives a lecture one night and a walk through the cemetery 2 days later!

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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