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Hope Cemetery & Woods Mapping

About the Project

The Friends of Hope Cemetery & Woods wanted to call attention to a beautiful property in the heart of Kennebunk. As part of their outreach, the nonprofit wanted to share gravesite information online.

The organization reached out to GIS Specialist Sue Bickford, who recruited two University of New England interns to start mapping the cemetery's Old Church Yard gravestones. They mapped 270 sites during the initial phase of the project.

The effort has continued toward digitizing all 2,000 plots with stone details for each grave within each plot.

Project Goal

A searchable online database and map with gravestone details for all of Hope Cemetery.

Project Period



In this story map of the Old Church Yard section of the cemetery, each grave is represented by a point. Clicking on a point reveals names, dates, inscriptions, stone type, and other information about the stone, as well as its photograph.


  • Friends of Hope Cemetery & Woods
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Maine Coast Heritage Trust

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