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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Portland Graveyard Gets Needed Attention

It's good to hear that Portland's historic Eastern Cemetery is getting some TLC this spring. Fifteen volunteers showed up in the rain on Friday to plant trees, in accordance with a new landscaping plan drawn up by Barry Hosmer of Portland.
It wasn't possible to figure out exactly what used to grow in Eastern Cemetery, but historical documents, old postcards and aerial photos provided snippets.

Hosmer's plan calls for recreating an "allée" on "Funeral Lane," a gravel, L-shaped path once lined with American elms, sugar maples and disease-resistant hybrid elms. There are also less formal plantings using trees that could have been in use in the past 100 years. [Link]
The cemetery includes the side-by-side stones of HMS Boxer Commander Samuel Blyth and USS Enterprise Commander William Burrows, who faced off and died in a 45-minute battle off Pemaquid Point on Sept. 5, 1813.
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At 8:58 AM, May 15, 2006, Blogger Michelle Souliere said...

Argh! It was pouring out. I had very good intentions but lack of a good rain slicker decided me against joining in. Too bad. Now what am I going to use these pruning shears on?! Kudos to everyone who actually weathered the storm to do their part -- and some of you just as badly equipped as I was to do battle with the rain. We were amazed at your tenaciousness (but remained firmly ensconced behind glass across the street).

At 2:18 PM, May 15, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

Your good intentions are appreciated, as is your instinct to self-preservation.


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