Evergreen Cemetery

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. 

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Guidelines for Recreational Use of Cemetery Grounds

Utilizing cemeteries for quiet recreation is encouraged by the City of Portland; however, we request your respectful consideration and use:
  • Limit recreational use to walking, cross-country skiing, and jogging.
  • Please take balls, Frisbees, and other games to another park location.
  • Leave flowers, trees, and other plants for the enjoyment of others.
  • Carry-in, carry-out trash
  • In active cemeteries, such as Evergreen and Forest City, please be mindful of funeral services. Quietly and respectfully conduct your leisure in another part of the cemetery grounds.
  • Gravestones are fragile. For your safety and their preservation, please do not touch them.

Rules for Bringing Dogs

Dogs are prohibited in Western Cemetery and Eastern Cemetery. Dogs are allowed in Evergreen and Forest City cemeteries on 25-foot leashes. Please respect graves and gravestones when walking pets, and scoop after your pet, carrying out bagged waste.

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.