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Mount Hope Garden Cemetery

1048 State Street, Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 945-6589
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Bangor
Type: Cemeteries
Traveler Description: Mount Hope Cemetery is the second oldest Garden Cemetery in the country, established in 1834. The Garden Cemetery movement took the cemetery out of... more »
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Rome, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This cemetery is one of the most beautifully set up and kept that I have ever seen. We stopped as here as part of a tour and learned that the locals are encouraged to use this beautiful place as a park. Indeed, they do. There were many people walking and sitting by the pond, simply enjoying the peacefulness of this... More

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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

One of the most beautiful cemeteries I have visited I a long time, maybe ever!!! Kept up well and there is much history here. They encourage the locals to walk through it as much as possible and often as they like...

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San Clemente, California
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140 reviews 140 reviews
16 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Some may wonder "Why visit a cemetery when you don't know anyone buried there?". The reason? for Historical and thought provoking reasons, and for pure enjoyment of the lands. This Cemetery is under perpetual care, and is a beauty. There are many great cemetery locations. Some dedicated to military, some just specialized to a specific war. This cemetery is an... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We stopped and went for a walk through the grounds. It was a really nice day and we had a lovely time. Be sure to visit the website and print the map as well as the information about the monuments and other historic sites. Lots of history to learn about!

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Bangor, Maine
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We walk here frequently and bring the grandchildren to see the turtles and frogs. It is well maintained and the walk always reveals something interesting!

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Fort Worth, TX
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349 reviews 349 reviews
186 attraction reviews
300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This cemetery is the second oldest in the US so many parts are filled with grave markers from the 1800's. Beyond the age of the cemetery the other interesting aspect is the variety of sizes and shapes of markers - everything from common headstones to crypts, statues and spires. Of historical note - Susan B Anthony and Fredrick Douglas are... More

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Germantown, Tennessee
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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My wife and I visited this site after reading about it in the latest Moon travel guide for Maine. We were interested in the unique fort honoring Maine residents who fought in the Civil War, but we were overwhelmed by the gorgeous hills, stone steps and impressive above-ground monuments and mausoleums in the cemetery. We were awed by the majesty... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

A wonderful place for walks. Stroll along the string of ponds and search for muskrats, frogs, turtles and more. Dozens of bird and animal species make their homes in this area; we've seen bluebirds, foxes, eagles and much more. There are historical treasures as well, gravestones of famous folk, war memorials, an old bus station. A delightful place for a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Mount Hope Garden Cemetery is not only a sculptured final place of rest in a wonderful garden setting, it is a place of history. It includes the first memorial built in the US to honor Civil War dead. It houses Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln's vice president. It includes a beautiful memorial to those who died and are MIA in the Korean... More

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Balasore, India
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Get lost here, it is a beautiful sprawling place open to the public during normal business hours and well worth checking out. Frederick Law Olmstead had his hand in the planning of the place and you can tell from the immensity of nature twined into the final resting place of many souls. Beautiful!

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