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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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English first
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
292 helpful votes 292 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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bangor
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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Titusville
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1,083 reviews 1,083 reviews
759 attraction reviews
796 helpful votes 796 helpful votes
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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Reston, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Mt.Hope Cemetary is the place that I go if I just need to unwind, or relax, or even do studying. There is quite a bit of different landscape as well as a nice pond that runs through the cemetary. It is a very historic place which is another reason why I like to visit!

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

A lovely spot to walk and take photos! Peaceful and tranquil and with great stories. Take the guided tour if you can!

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Fishers, Indiana
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I always take in the local cemeteries when I am in a new state. This one is a unique example of the early garden cemetery. It is on a hilly part of the town and I thought it made for a great photo opportunity. Some interesting stones here and some interesting epithaphs. A nice side trip for any taphophile.

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