Tours & Events

Into the Tomb! A Very Special Eastern Cemetery Tour

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - SOLD OUT

Spirits Alive is hosting a unique tour opportunity at historic Eastern Cemetery! Join guide Ron Romano on a walk among the tombs of the Eastern Cemetery culminating in a descent below ground to experience the city’s first “Receiving Tomb.” Not open to the public until now, it was constructed in 1849 and in use for about 40 years. See a glimpse of the entry to the tomb that was exposed during the Dead House renovations.

On this special tour, you’ll learn about the construction of the tombs of Eastern Cemetery and see first-hand the historic underground winter storage space where up to 80 bodies could be kept until spring thaws would allow proper—and final—burial. There are 3 tours to choose from!

If it’s a rainy day, the tours will go on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Bartlett Adams Lectures

Various Dates

Our very own Ron Romano is on tour with his presentations about Bartlett Adams and his prolific stone carving career.

Historic Eastern Cemetery Tours

July to OCtober

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.

Bartlett Adams: Portland's First Stonecutter Tours

Summer & FAll

More about this prolific stonecutter and see his work in person!

Stone Conservation & Preservation: Workdays


Learn to beautify the cemetery's historic stones using proper stone conservation and restoration techniques.

Stone Survey: Photography

Summer & 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!

Walk Among the Shadows


We conduct these evening tours with costumed actors who portray the ghosts of people who lived and died in our city.

Winter Lecture Series

Winter 2016

Join us to learn about topics related to the history and customs around cemeteries like ours. Topics to be set in late 2015.