Tours & Events
We keep busy all year providing new ways for you to learn and do for the Eastern Cemetery.
- Gardening Days - Spring through Fall
Saturday, May 7, 2016
8:30am to 12:00pm
Join us as we tidy the cemetery, removing trash, mulching, pruning, and weeding around the gates. We provide tools, gloves, training and a good time! We are forming a core group of gardeners who will meet several days through the summer and fall to make sure the cemetery continues to look great for visitors. If you are interested in joining, email volunteer coordinator Matthew Mueller.
- Memorial Day flag planting
Monday, May 23, 2016
12 noon to 12:30pm
Join us as we mark veteran graves with American flags. Meet inside the Congress Street gate at the Dead House. With a small group, we can have this done in about 1/2 hour. Flags, and a list of veteran grave locations will be distributed.
- Bartlett Adams: Portland's First Stonecutter Talks & Walks
- Spring through Fall
Learn about the most prolific and Portland's first stonecutter from expert cemetery sleuth, Ron Romano.
- Walking Tours - July 9 to October 16 (Special tours times available upon request at no extra charge)
Learn a little about the history of Portland and how its first residents are now cemetery residents. Art, iconography, stone types, cemetery development, and your questions will also be covered.
- Stone Conservation & Preservation - Summer and Fall
Learn to beautify the cemetery's historic stones using proper stone conservation and restoration techniques.
- Stone Survey: Photography - Summer and Fall
We spent 4 years transcribing and documenting every stone on the site on paper. Now we are photographing each of them one by one. Wanna help? Orientation for new photographers is ongoing. Contact us if you're interested in working on this project. You set your own schedule!
- Winter Lecture Series - January, February, March
Join us to learn about topics related to the history and customs around cemeteries like ours.
- Walk Among the Shadows - October
The ghosts of people who died in our city rise for the evening to tell the tales of their extraordinary lives.