September is great time to explore the history of our area. The Bangor Historical Society offers a variety of walking tours this month, through nearby Mount Hope Cemetery and through an area of Bangor known at the Devil’s Half Acre. The Historical Society also offers tours through its headquarters at the Thomas A. Hill House (did we mention it’s haunted?) — Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm June through September. Hours October through May are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Hours may vary due to special events, programs and activities. Private tours are also available.
Upcoming Walking Tours:
Mount Hope Cemetery
Sept. 9 at 10 am; Sept. 16 at 6 pm; Sept. 23 at 6 pm; Sept. 30 at 10 am
Learn about the famous and infamous individuals who make their final resting place in America’s second oldest garden cemetery. This tour meets at Mount Hope Cemetery on State Street. $10 for adults; $5 for children. Purchase tickets through the Historical Society’s website at bangorhistoricalsociety.org.
Want to explore Mount Hope Cemetery on your own? Click here to check out this self-guided tour providing an overview of some of the highlights.
Devil’s Half Acre
Sept. 13 at 6 pm
Even though Maine enacted a Prohibitory Law in 1851, Bangor didn’t comply. In the area known as the “Devil’s Half Acre” saloons & brothels reigned and vice & violence thrived. Led by the city’s most notorious Madam, Fan Jones, this tour shines a light on Bangor’s wicked side and tells the tales of the people who are just as much a part of the city’s history as those who lived in the majestic homes on Broadway.Purchase tickets through the Historical Society’s website at bangorhistoricalsociety.org.
Watch for the group’s Ghostly Bangor tours coming in October and featuring tales veiled in unsolved mysteries, murder and the past residents who may still linger in the Queen City.