Wednesday, June 24, 2009
With grave stones dating from the late 1700’s, Western Cemetery is Portland’s second oldest cemetery. The land which became the cemetery was purchased by the City in 1829 and was Portland’s primary burial ground from 1829 until 1852. It is a final resting place for many of the Irish who immigrated to the city during the “Great Hunger” in Ireland in the mid 1800s. However, over the years, it has gotten a lot of bad press. It's been one of the most neglected burial plots in the city (it sees a lawn mower about once smmer, if that), and talk about desecration; it has become known as the oh so popular but infamous 'final resting spot' for lots of dog crap. There are signs posted about cleaning up after your pooch, but... But let's end this upbeat. It's one of the most stunningly beautiful spots in the city to watch snow falling in winter.