June is great time to explore the history of the Bangor area, with tours of Mount Hope Cemetery, the nation’s second oldest garden cemetery, and historic downtown Bangor on the calendar. The Bangor Historical Society offers a variety of programming, walking tours and special events, including tours of the Thomas A. Hill House Museum Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June through September. Interested in becoming a member? Senior memberships are just $25 and include admission to summer Wine Night at Hill House on June 22. Find more at bangorhistoricalsociety.com.
Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tour
The Bangor Historical Society and Bangor Arts also host walking tours of Mount Hope Cemetery throughout the summer, with the first scheduled for June 3 from 10-11:30 a.m. Mount Hope, built in 1883, is located just down the street from Dirigo Pines and offers 300 acres of beautiful walking paths and historic gravestones. It was designed by renowned architect Charles G. Bryant as part of a national movement to provide respite form grassless urban landscapes. Garden cemeteries were created as much for the living as for those who had passed on. Tickets for the tour, which includes little known facts about some of Bangor’s famous and most infamous residents, are just $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under; available at bangorhistoricalsociety.com.
Historic Bangor 101
On June 10, the Historical Society hosts a tour and tales of Bangor’s first settlers, the Great Fire of 1911 and more. The tour costs $10 for adults, $5 for ages 10 and under, and meets at the Thomas A. Hill House at 159 Union St. at 10 a.m.