Programs & Events
Buried in Time
June 23 - October 21, 2018
Laurel Hill Cemetery was established in 1844, one of the first to follow the rural cemetery movement begun with Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. These new "rural" cemeteries were designed to be park-like arboretums that would provide peaceful places for families to both bury and visit the deceased. Laurel Hill contains the graves of most of the people who played an important part in the history of the community, but it is also the final resting place of numerous less well-known individuals who led interesting, and historically revealing, lives. Buried in Time features portraits, photographs, documents, and other personal objects associated with a variety Saco residents, from all walks of life, who are buried in the cemetery.
6:00 p.m. July 13th
Join Ron Romano, author of "Early Gravestones in Southern Maine" and "Portland's Historic Eastern Cemetery" for a presentation on early cemeteries. Romano will discuss his research into Bartlett Adams, who, after apprenticing as a teenager under his brother-in-law in Massachusetts, moved to Maine in 1800 and opened a stone-cutting shop in Portland. Adams's work can be seen in cemeteries across southern Maine, including Laurel Hill. Romano will also present information about historic gravestone imagery and its meanings, as well as the layout of cemeteries including plots for paupers and minorities.
More exhibit programs to follow in August and September.