|According to history, they were “56 irate women
and nine business gentlemen” who composed two separate
neighborhood groups, the Evergreen Circle of Point Village
(Willard area) and the Samaritan Society of Ferry Village — at
the time, contiguous neighborhoods in the northern section of
Cape Elizabeth that included Meeting House Hill.
In 1874, they set out to upgrade a briar patch in the north end
of Cape Elizabeth that had overgrown the parish burial ground.
Their struggle was to alter the ‘picture of neglect and
desolation” that had befallen the entire area.
They later incorporated that tiny cemetery, along with other
adjacent parcels. as the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Corporation.
By limiting its use to only descendents of its early lot owners
and future residents of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth, they
created what has become an historic and distinguished community
There will come a time when all available space has been filled.
But decades of prudent financial stewardship and community
support have maintained this civic treasure throughout the
We, therefore, invite you to consider Mount Pleasant Cemetery in
your own plans as a final resting place