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 18 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:

Tuesday, May 28th 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, May 30th 6pm-7:30pm
Sunday, June 2nd 10am-11:30am
Tuesday, June 11th 6pm-7:30pm
Saturday, June 15th 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, June 20th 6pm-7:30pm
Sunday, June 30th 10am-11:30am
Saturday, July 6th 6pm-7:30pm
Tuesday, July 9th 6pm-7:30pm
Thursday, July 18th 6pm-7:30pm
Sunday, July 21st 10am-11:30pm
Sunday, July 28th 10am-11:30pm
Thursday, August 8th 6pm-7:30pm
Sunday, August 11th 10am-11:30pm
Tuesday, August 20th 6pm-7:30pm
Sunday, August 25th 10am-11:30am
Saturday, September 7th 6pm-7:30pm
Sunday, September 15th 10am-11:30am

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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