2018-07-05 / Community News

Cemetery expert to speak in Saco

Join Ron Romano, author of “Early Gravestones in Southern Maine” and “Portland’s Historic Eastern Cemetery” for a presentation on early cemeteries at 6 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Dyer Library in Saco.

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 grave stone imagery and its meanings, as well as the layout of cemeteries including treatment of paupers and minorities.

“Buried in Time: Hidden Stories from Laurel Hill Cemetery,” opened at the Saco Museum on June 23 and runs through Oct. 21.

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.

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