2015-04-24 / Community

Lecture to focus on first stone cutter

The next Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at LDS Church, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth. Ron Romano will speak about Bartlett Adams, stone cutter.

Romano leads historic tours and is on the board for Spirits Alive (the “Friends of Eastern Cemetery” nonprofit in Portland). He spent much of 2013 researching the life, times and work of Bartlett Adams and conducted a comprehensive survey of Adams’ work at Portland’s historic Eastern Cemetery. In 2014, Romano visited more than 175 early cemeteries to document Adams’ impact throughout the region.

In 1800, Adams (1766-1828) arrived in Portland from Massachusetts and established the area’s first stone-cutting shop. He made marble hearthstones, mantle pieces, and door jambs, but his more lasting – and visible – impact can be found in the early cemeteries of southern Maine. His shop produced hundreds of slate and marble gravestones, many of which survive now in early graveyards of Portland, throughout Cumberland County, and beyond.

The presentation is approximately 60 minutes with pictures of grave markers produced in Adams’ shop. Time will be allowed for questions and discussion. Meetings are free and open to the public.

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