Welcome to Great Cranberry Island Historical Society's cemetery preservation projects(2014-2016)


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Welcome to Great Cranberry Island Historical Society's cemetery preservation projects(2014-2016)


The Stanley Cemetery on Bulger Hill 1999 before conservation in 2014

The Stanley Cemetery on Bulger Hill 1999 before conservation in 2014

The Stanley Cemetery on Bulger Hill 2014 after conservation

The Stanley Cemetery on Bulger Hill 2014 after conservation

The Great Cranberry Island Historical Society (GCIHS) completed two cemetery preservation projects: the Stanley Cemetery on Bulger Hill in 2014 and the Spurling/Revolutionary War Cemetery in August 2016. This website currently presents thorough documentation of the Stanley cemetery. We're uploading information for the recently completed Spurling/Revolutionary War cemetery, so stay tuned  - that half of the site is under construction! 

The Stanley cemetery on Great Cranberry Island in Maine began in 1838 as the Thomas Stanley family burying ground and continues to serve islanders today.  Of the seven graveyards on Great Cranberry Island, it was in the worst condition until a summer 2014 conservation project restored its dignity and beauty.  A committee of descendants and concerned islanders working under the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society saw this project to fruition, preserving 101 burials.  Use the "links" section on this website to see how it was done and explore the cemetery's history. There are hundreds of photographs and a spreadsheet of data for the burials. (Contact us at info@gcihs.org for additional information.)

The Spurling/Revolutionary War Cemetery on the bluff overlooking Spurling Cove and the Town dock began in 1785 when Benjamin Spurling, Sr. and his wife Fanny (Guptill) Spurling buried their infant daughter Easter (Ester, Esther). The last known burial was in 1848. There are 25 known burials in this cemetery, but only 11 headstones are visible even after a ground penetrating radar survey was conducted to search for buried headstones. Interestingly, two Revolutionary War veterans rest alongside a a Loyalist on this hillside.