Take a virtual visit at 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 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 $10. Here are the dates and times of upcoming tours:

  • Saturday July 24- 10-11:30am
  • Tuesday August 3rd 6-7:30pm
  • Thursday August 12th 6-7:30pm
  • Tuesday August 17th 6-7:30pm
  • Sunday August 22nd 10-11:30am
  • Saturday August 28th 6-7:30pm
  • Thursday September 9th 6-7:30pm
  • Tuesday September 14th 6-7:30pm
  • Sunday September 19th 10-11:30am

The tours will adhere to CDC guidelines and recommendations. They will practice social distancing steps and require everyone to have a face covering with them while on the tours in case that social distancing is not possible.

To purchase tickets e-mail curator@bangorhistoricalsociety.org

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