Walk Among the Shadows
Evening Tours Through the Eastern Cemetery
Illustration by Douglas Campbell, design by Diane Brakely
October 22 to 24 & 28-30, 2015
6:30pm, 6:50pm, 7:10pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 25
5:30pm, 5:50pm, 6:10pm, 6:30pm
"The Bombardment of Falmouth—1775" is an original play written by Lynne Cullen and Mike Levine. Visitors will be led down Funeral Lane to hear the tale of the events leading up to and during the destruction of Falmouth (now Portland) by the British. Voices from the cemetery residents will be heard once again, and you may experience the fear and pride they felt first-hand. Get ready—you may even be asked to participate!
- Meet at the Congress Street gate
- The line begins to form by 6:15pm each night (5:15 on Sunday) so the first group is ready to go through at 6:30pm (5:30pm on Sunday)
- First-come, first-served!
- The event is not scary and is appropriate for children of all ages
- Groups will proceed into the site every 20 minutes led by a silent specter; groups of about 15-20 will go through; prepare to wait in line on busy nights!
- Tickets are $10, children under 12 are $5
- The entire play lasts about 40 minutes
- Wear appropriate layers and footwear — it gets chilly when the sun goes down, and you'll be trekking down Funeral Lane, a dirt pathway. YOU SHOULD DRESS FOR WINTER! Make the event enjoyable; the dark October nights are mostly always bone-chilling. (A hot drink might even be a good idea.)
- Tours may be canceled because of rain or snow (!)
- No dogs are allowed, even though we know they enjoy a good theatrical event.
- Our specters, gate helpers, and organizers are all volunteers! Half of the admission goes to Spirits Alive to help us maintain, improve, and preserve the Eastern Cemetery while the other half goes to the professional Acorn Productions actors who portray our spirits.
Thank You, Sponsors
Please Patronize Them and Thank Them for Us, Too!
Cemetery Residents Participating in This Play
A big thank you to the professional actors who voice our cemetery residents. Their choice to use their talents to support this historic cemetery alone should earn them a huge applause!
- Mary Barton - young wife, farmer, and mother of Falmouth
Comes to Alice Greele's tavern to be calmed by the owner about Mowatt's ship sitting menacingly in the harbor.
- Thomas Child - customs collector
Leads the vote to determine whether Coulson will be allowed to land his ship order from Britain.
- Dr. Nathaniel Coffin - doctor who frequents Greele's Tavern
Visits Alice Greele to express his concerns over Mowatt's threat of violence against the town.
- Captain Samuel Coulson - Tory/Loyalist shipbuilder
Pleads with the Committee of Inspection to agree to let him receive his order of ship supplies (including masts) from Britain.
- Elizabeth Ilsley Jones Freeman - wife of Samuel Freeman
Tells us all about how wonderful her husband is, and how events play out surrounding Mowatt's capture, release and return.
- Colonel Enoch Freeman - prominent Falmouth resident, taken hostage by Thompson
Agrees to become a hostage of Thompson's militia so that he will free Mowatt. As a pillar of the town, he tries to impart reason.
- Samuel Freeman - member of Committee of Inspection
- Alice Greele - tavern owner
Staunchly defends her tavern from Mowatt's cannonballs and tries to calm the fears and anxiety of her friends.
- Joseph McClellan - Patriot member of Committee of Inspection
- Joseph Noyes - member of Committee of Inspection
- Robert Pagan - loyalist from Falmouth
One of a group who is sent to the Canceaux to ask Mowatt to simmer down and spare Falmouth.
- General Jedediah Preble - member of Committee of Inspection
Also a pillar of the community, Preble tries to make sure that calmer heads prevail in this terrible situation.
- Colonel Samuel Thompson - militia leader from Brunswick who takes British Captain Mowatt hostage.
A hothead whose militia happily happens upon Mowatt and takes him, his surgeon and another hostage.
- Daniel Tucker - young Falmouth metalsmith
A narrator of the story, this young man subsequently wrote his memoirs and showed how the people of Falmouth were to be respected throughout this ordeal.
- Elizabeth Tyng - wife of exiled Sheriff Tyng
Tries to get the Committee of Inspection to let Coulson receive his goods. Although her husband has been exiled for his allegiance to the king, she has remained and benefited from Coulson's offer of trips to visit him. She suffers, at the hands of the militia, theft.