It was a gorgeous fall day this past Columbus Day Weekend when Susie and I took a stroll through Mt. Hope Cemetery in Bangor, Maine. They claim to be the second oldest pastoral cemetery in the United States, after Mt. Auburn in Cambridge. We couldn't find Hannibal Hamlin -- the office is close don Saturday so we had to wander without a map. But it was a grand day to be out strolling through a large bit of New England history.
She came all the way from the Department of the Loire to die in Boston at the age of 29. Did she live well? Did she miss her family, her language her food, her wine, her life? Or had she started over here, making a new life, a new family, with new ideas and different traditions?
Final resting place of Hannibal Hamlin (Lincoln's 1st VP), gangster Al Brady, and many other near-famous and infamous people, Mt. Hope claim's to be the second pastoral cemetery built in America (after eMt. Auburn in Cambridge, MA).