Western Cemetery | Portland, Maine


This past weekend my good friend Kim and I set out to explore Western Cemetery in Portland! The land was acquired by the city in 1829 and later expanded to its current size of 12 acres, and it was an active cemetery up until 1910. Sadly it’s notorious for desecrations, damage, and disorganization… there are a shocking number of broken headstones, some graffiti, and the whole layout just seems random and haphazard. From July 1st, 1988 to August 1st, 1989 there were an estimated 1,942 tombs desecrated, which is just… staggering. Apparently it is unknown exactly how many people are buried there, though it’s estimated at around 6,600. There’s a section of the cemetery known as the Old Catholic Ground which consists of primarily Irish Catholic immigrants. There were around 900 people buried in this section from 1843 to 1882, but today less than 60 headstones remain. Because of all of this general unrest this cemetery is known for its paranormal activity — there’s supposedly lots of very unhappy spirits resting (or, rather, not resting) there. We didn’t experience anything too odd… this time.

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Many of the headstones were completely buried…

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Kim being adorable…

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I was both creeped out and intrigued by the hole in this tomb…

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Also freaked out by the apparent scratches on this headstone…

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This one looked like two headstones sort of mashed together…

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Someone laid a branch down on this grave…

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