Eastern Cemetery Historic Tours

June 21 – October 22, 2014
Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Trained volunteer docents lead an exploration of the 6-acre, 1668 burial ground. Learn about the oldest landscape in Portland, the history of the cemetery, stories about those interred, and examine hand-carved gravestone art and symbolism.

Portland's First Stonecutter: Bartlett Adams

June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27 & October 25, 2014
Last Saturday of each month

This prolific artist was in business from 1800 to 1828 carving hundreds of stones. See examples of his craft and hear his story.

Eastern Cemetery and Bartlett Adams Tour Details

We also can offer specially-arranged tours at a specific date and time for your group.

Special Tours

Email us to inquire about special tours and rates for your group or phone Barb Hager at 207-253-5477. We can tailor the tour to fit the interests of those who wish to attend.

Here is a sampling of past special tours we have conducted:

Art & the Elements

This is a fascinating introduction to the geology of the Eastern Cemetery, including markers and monuments; a brief introduction to early mortuary art (as seen on the stones), and the effects of the environment on the site.

Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society

Stone Transcription Project members trained members and friends of The Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society on how to transcribe information from stones, then the group enjoyed a tour of the grounds.

Association for Gravestone Studies

The 2011 meeting of the Association for Gravestone Studies happened in Waterville, Maine. As a bonus to AGS attendees, Spirits Alive offered a special tour of the cemetery grounds with an emphasis on the stones.

Portland Trails Discovery Trek

Portland Trails hosts a group of guided walks as part of their annual Discovery Trek series. Spirits Alive has proudly offered them a guided walk through the cemetery for several years now in the fall.

Mercy Book Signing

We conducted a special tour highlighting several teen girls who are buried in the cemetery. The book, Mercy, was written about a girl who finds out about a terrible happening because of a gravestone she discovered in her own New England town's cemetery.

We also conduct evening tours around Halloween called Walk Among the Shadows.