Monday, May 18, 2015

Mount Hope Cemetery Tour

Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor, Maine, is the second oldest garden cemetery in the United States. It was designed by architect Charles G. Bryant in 1834 and built by the Bangor Horticultural Society. The cemetery includes the gravesites of Vice President Hamlin, two U.S. Senators, eleven U.S. Congressmen, two U.S. Ambassadors, five Governors of Maine, eight Civil War Generals, and numerous other members of the nineteenth and twentieth-century Bangor elite. The movie Pet Sematary was filmed here. Stephen King lives about ten minutes away.

Mount Hope Cemetery is seriously huge. It is also a hodgepodge of a lot of different kinds of gravestones. There are so many mysterious graves whose secrets have yet to be unearthed. This is a useful map if you would like to do some exploring on your own.

One of two of the Civil War Memorials

The strange cradle grave of a little girl named "Kate". A nearby grave simply reads "Kate's Mom"

The graves of orphan children

A husband and wife share an off bead wreath

The second Civil War Memorial. Legend goes that a dauggerrotype and letter from Abraham Lincoln are buried underneath.

The grave of Vice President Hannibal Hamlin.

A stone path lies on either side of the Hamlin family lot.

Prentiss family lot. Prentiss Woods near Bangor High School is named after them.

A seriously creepy angel.

Veazie family graves.

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