BANGOR – As Halloween approaches, many people look for ways to celebrate. Members of the Bangor Historical Society shared a way involving the darker side of the city.
Mount Hope Cemetery is nestled between Veazie and Bangor.
“It was established in 1834 as part of the garden movement,” said Michael Melochick, director of the Bangor Historical Society.
The rolling hills and wildlife make it a beautiful place to enjoy a walk, but with 30,000 gravesites and growing it also creates a different presence.
“They see things, they hear things. And not just the eagles and herrings but just the weird feelings,” said Matt Bishop, curator and operations manager for the Bangor Historical Society.
Bishop said over the years people have told him stories of eerie encounters.
“He was a paranormal investigator and he was down by the Brady grave and he kept on — when he was doing his investigation hearing gunshots,” Bishop said.
The historical society holds walking tours in the second oldest garden cemetery in the nation and in October, those tours turn a little dark.
“Bangor’s first murder victim. That’s a very very interesting story. That’s kind of where the tour first starts,” said Melochick.
It’s an unearthly trek that creates a mysterious atmosphere to let the mind wander.
“We do kind of enhance the focus on more of the unexplained and kind of the curiosities of Bangor’s history,” said Melochick.
Tours are about 90 minutes long. Click here for info on tickets and times.