Mayberry Cemetery | Windham, Maine

A while back my friend Devon and I explored some cemeteries around Windham, Maine. One of the spots on our route was Mayberry Cemetery. As usual I couldn’t find a whole ton of information on it, but it was an interesting one — lots of newer graves (within the past 15-20 years or so) but some old ones as well. It’s always odd to me when cemeteries are snuggled right in between houses — there were houses on either side of it and one directly across the street. But it was a fun one to explore.

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Chute Cemetery | Windham, Maine

Also known as Chute Road Cemetery, it’s said to be haunted by the ghosts of two young girls who died nearby. No one seems sure of the exact story but it’s said that they possibly fell into a defunct well or mine shaft. They are supposed to have two tombstones in the cemetery but we didn’t see them, strangely enough — nor did we see their spirits who have been spotted playing on the road nearby.

There’s all kinds of construction taking place surrounding the cemetery, so we approached it from the main road (Chute Rd), but supposedly there’s a smaller dirt road that leads right to it. It looks so odd sitting back from the road, surrounded by dirt piles and partially constructed homes. It’s a truly tiny cemetery, with less than 20 marked graves in the fenced off area (but possibly more, marked or unmarked, in the land surrounding it). It’s a fascinating place.

Little cemetery, all by its lonesome…

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One of the two large monuments…

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A smaller, fenced in section behind it…

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Both of the memorials had lengthy inscriptions…

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The view from inside the cemetery…

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The whole thing was so tiny!

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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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Bailey Cemetery in the Snow

Last week I took Mukow on a walk and we decided (yes, this was a collective decision) to explore a cemetery that is right around the corner from us. We cut through the parking lot of the nearby school and up the hill to the cemetery. I couldn’t find much information about it online outside of it supposedly having a Colonial history and many unmarked and neglected graves. One site I looked at said there were 189 interments there, but there is nowhere near 189 graves there now (and I can’t even imagine 189 burial plots fitting into this tiny space), so… I’m not sure what’s up with that.

It’a also supposedly haunted, which I guess shouldn’t come as a surprise. I hadn’t looked up any haunting info before we went, but we did have a somewhat odd experience. We went in the front gate and walked straight up the middle and into the back right corner. I took some photos and Mukow sniffed around and then I attempted to take her back down the center so we could see some more… but she downright refused. She would sit down with all of her weight and wouldn’t let me pull her. So I loosened up and let her lead us, and she would very quickly take us back to the far right corner. This went on 3 or 4 times before I gave up and lead her across the back fence and into the far left corner, and she was fine with that, but looked nervously at that middle path. She allowed us to walk down the left fence and out of the cemetery. After I got home and looked up some information, it seems like the grave with the most paranormal activity is Charles Howard’s, right around the middle of the cemetery. Eep. I can’t help but think that Mukow sensed something there and didn’t want to walk by it again.

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Evergreen Cemetery in the Snow

We took Mukow to Evergreen Cemetery in Portland the other day — it was FREEZING cold but she needed some exercise and we’ve been trying to get out more this winter. It was a gray, cloudy day and we ventured into parts of the cemetery I hadn’t seen before. I love going on walks with all three of us — I get to show Nate some cool places (he had never been to Evergreen before!) and he holds the leash so I can take photos. 😉

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Oh hi, cutest puppy.

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Calvary Cemetery in the Snow

One of my unofficial goals for 2015 is to visit a bunch of new-to-me cemeteries. It won’t be hard since I haven’t been to a ton, which is a shame because I LOVE them. But since I am trying to be more adventurous and independent and taking my camera everywhere I go, the conditions are perfect!

Yesterday I visited Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. It had snowed all Saturday night and into Sunday morning, so it was absolutely gorgeous — the roads were plowed a bit and there were some small paths but it was largely untouched snow. I put my boots on, bundled up, grabbed my headphones, and headed off. The front of the cemetery is mostly newer graves which aren’t as interesting to me, but the further back you go the older they are. I couldn’t find a ton of information about this cemetery, but it seemed to have a large number of Italian names. It was really beautiful and peaceful — the snow plus the cold temperature meant I only saw two other people during my hour-long walk. There were lots of beautiful trees and a duck pond as well as a bridge (which was barricaded on Sunday, unfortunately). Now for the photos!

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Cemetery Walk

Yesterday, despite the 20 degree temperature, I thought it would be nice to take a walk through nearby Evergreen Cemetery with Mukow, and invited my Mom along, too. It’s one of my favorite places to walk in Portland which might seem a bit morbid, but… it’s just so peaceful! It’s got 239 acres of land (the largest cemetery in the state — currently only 110 of those acres are being used for cemetery-related activities). There’s an estimate 60-70,000 people interred in the cemetery, including Frank Fixaris and Charles Goddard, as well as many lieutenants, generals, and congressmen. It was established in 1855 so there’s lots of very old graves — it’s fascinating to think of the history.

It’s a popular spot for walking and bringing your dog, and there’s a large pond towards the back where you’ll see duck and geese in the warmer months, as well as many winding trails surrounding it, including ones where you can let your dog off-leash. Pretty awesome. Yesterday, despite being cold, was a pretty perfect day — slightly stormy skies and hardly anyone else there to disturb us.

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