Restoration of the Western Cemetery of Portland

Grave markers at Portland's Western Cemetery, Paul VanDerWerf

Portland’s Western Cemetery was the primary burial ground for Portland from 1830 to 1852. It was an early example of the “Rural Cemetery,” with pathways and designed parkland. During the 20th century, it fell into neglect and extreme vandalism, with destruction of stones and landscaping, and was treated as an off-leash dog park. In the last few years, the Stewards of the Western Cemetery have been engaged in a multi-year plan of gravestone restoration and landscaping to restore the cemetery, and have begun offering public tours.


Ground is uneven, and may be difficult. No steps.

Starting Location:

Meet at the cemetery gate by Vaughan and Clifford Streets. Parking on Vaughan or other side streets.

Ending Location:

At the cemetery gate (same as meeting place).
Vaughan Street
Portland, Maine 04102

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

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  • 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

May 4, 2024 / 2:00 PM

Led by: Kip DeSerres
Organization: Stewards of the Western Cemetery
Duration: One hour
City/Town: Portland
County: Cumberland
Language(s): English