Bicentennial guided tour of Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery

As the Town of Portland’s 200th birthday events wind down, a remaining guided tour of Evergreen Cemetery will be given on Labor Day (Monday) morning, Sept. 2.

It’s true that cemeteries are generally viewed as places where the departed remain, but these memorial gardens also contain objects of art, interesting horticulture, history and puzzles to be solved by family researchers. Much of our heritage can be discovered in local cemeteries such as Evergreen.

With its origins in the early 19th century (Betsey Clemons Fay 1807), Evergreen is in many ways a time capsule of the town’s history, illuminating the famous (and infamous). Each turn in the cemetery’s pathways uncovers stories which should not remain secrets.

The tour begins promptly at 11 a.m. at the corner of Webster Road and Cemetery Avenue, the very location where Captain James Dunn decided to become Portland’s first permanent settler. The guide will be Jim Boltz, the present town historian. Participants should dress for the weather and be able to walk on some uneven surfaces during the one-hour stroll.