Evergreen Cemetery

Introducing a NEW interactive map of Evergreen Cemetery which allows you to search for burials. Please click on the below image to access the map.

Evergreen Cemetery Interactive Map Portland, Maine 04103
Evergreen is an active municipal cemetery and a National Historic Landmark managed by the Parks, Recreation, & Facilities Dept., located in the Deering section of Portland, along Stevens Ave. There is interment space now and well into the future for both casket and cremated remains.

History


Established by the city in 1854, the cemetery was designed by Charles H. Howe as a rural landscape with winding carriage paths, ponds, footbridges, gardens, a chapel, funerary art, and sculpture. It also includes extensive wooded wetlands. Evergreen was modeled after America’s first rural cemetery, Mount Auburn in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The popularity of garden/rural cemeteries as designed landscapes was so great, in form and function; they pointed the way to the development of urban parks as we know them today.

Improvements Timeline


  • 1863: Receiving Tomb constructed near main office.
  • 1864: The street railway lines were extended out to Evergreen, making it readily accessible to all Portland residents.
  • 1869: Trustees appointed as the cemetery was becoming too large and active to be administered with other public grounds.
  • 1893: The present cemetery office was built.
  • 1902: Wilde Chapel was built.
  • 1957: Evergreen Cemetery was put under the City of Portland Parks and Recreation Dept. and the Trustees management was dissolved.
  • 1970s: Walking trails were added in the undeveloped area toward the rear of the grounds.
  • 1991: Founding of Friends of Evergreen Cemetery
  • 2007: Pine Grove Cemetery which is located behind the University of New England was incorporated into the cemetery boundaries.
  • 2015: Most recent development of burial space, including a Columbarium.

Burials and Monuments


Over 50,000 people are interred at Evergreen Cemetery. The cemetery is characterized by a diversity of over 40,000 monuments, including large-sale, distinctive pieces of funerary sculpture of high artistic quality. It is interesting to note that prior to 1944, sales of lots were restricted to residents of Portland. Burial records can be found at the Evergreen Office. 


Interment at Evergreen

The City of Portland is committed to providing burial space for its citizens now and well into the future. Choose from a variety of settings, sizes and price points. If you are interested in cremation burial, please consider our new Columbarium feature. The price includes the niche space, weekday burial o one cremain and the inscription of up to two names with dates of birth and death included. Another cremain may be placed in the niche for an additional charge.

Friends of Evergreen Cemetery


In 1991, the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery was formed. The Friends mission is to “preserve, protect, and restore the cemetery for past, present and future generations.” This organization secured funds for an Arts Heritage Conservation Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to identify and preserve historic resources at Evergreen Cemetery. This group conduct tours of the cemetery, serves as advocates for preservation, and had input into the 1994 master plan.

Wildlife & Birdwatching


The cemetery, the second-largest publicly-owned open space in the City at 239 acres, has been host to a variety of wildlife such as geese, ducks, pheasants, swans, turtles, blue heron, fox, mink, deer, and moose. Its spaciousness combined with old growth pine and oak, vegetation, ponds, and surrounding wetland, provides a true wildlife oasis. It is considered a premier birdwatching sanctuary. Maine Audubon utilizes the cemetery for field trips, to include their annual Warbler Weeks conducted in May. Evergreen Cemetery is also a wonderful location to enjoy the vibrant colors of fall foliage in Maine.



Autumn at Evergreen Cemetery Portland, Maine 04103