Take a tour of one of Bangor's most beautiful spots, and get a history lesson while you are it.

This summer, there will be several walking tours through the historic, and iconic, Mount Hope Cemetery. Taking a stroll through Mount Hope is always better in person, but during this event, they will be taking a look around the grounds, and breaking down some of the stories of some of the many notable and interesting stones in the cemetery.

Built in 1834, Bangor’s 300-acre Mount Hope Cemetery is the nation’s second-oldest garden cemetery. It was designed by renowned architect Charles G. Bryant as part of a national movement to provide respite from grassless urban landscapes. Garden cemeteries were created as much for living as for those who had passed on.

There have been many times over the years that I have enjoyed a visit there on a chilly early fall day, there is nothing quite like it. This is something you should put on a summer/fall to-do list here in the Bangor area.

This tour meets at the Superintendent’s House at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 1048 State Street, Bangor.

Tickets are $12. Here are the dates and times of upcoming tours:

Thursday, June 1st 6-7:30pm
Sunday, June 4th 6-7:30pm
Saturday, June 17th 10-11:30am
Tuesday, June 27th 6-7:30pm
Sunday, July 2nd 6-7:30pm
Thursday, July 6th 6-7:30pm
Saturday, July 8th 10-11:30am
Tuesday, July 25th 6-7:30pm
Sunday, July 30th 10-11:30pm
Thursday, August 3rd 6-7:30pm

In case of inclement weather, tours will be canceled if there is a chance of thunderstorms.

Tickets may be purchased for 6 PM until Noon on the day of the tour. Tickets may be purchased for a 10 AM tour until 6 PM the previous evening.

To purchase tickets e-mail curator@bangorhistoricalsociety.org

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