Bangor’s Official Historic Tours

What was there? What happened here?

Our Historic Walking Tours tell the tales of the Bangor Region and its people. Led by guides who have a passion for the Queen City’s history, you’ll learn little known facts and details that will open your eyes to pieces of the past.

Tours last approximately 90 minutes and are $10 per person, $5 for ages 12 and under.

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Private tours are available for organizations, parties and/or other groups. Book your group tour NOW by clicking here.

Guided Walking Tours

The Darker Side of Mount Hope SOLD OUT
Bangor’s Mount Hope Cemetery is the final resting place of many famous and infamous past residents. Join us for a twist on our regular cemetery tour as we wind our way through the gravesites of some of those whose deaths came before their time–or under mysterious circumstances.

7pm — This tour departs from Mount Hope Cemetery
Thursday, October 5–SOLD OUT!!

6PM–Tour meets near the Superintendent’s Office at Mount Hope Cemetery. Please use the State Street entrance.
Sunday, October 22  SOLD OUT!!

Ghostly Bangor

Ghostly Bangor features tales veiled in unsolved mysteries, murder and the past residents who may still linger in the Queen City.
Click here for 2017 dates.


Mount Hope Cemetery

Learn little known facts about some of Bangor’s famous—and infamous– residents during our 90-minute guided tour. Hear about the importance of symbolism in the gravestones and get a chance to take in some of the city’s beautiful vistas.

Built in 1834, Bangor’s 300 acre Mount Hope Cemetery is the nation’s second oldest garden cemetery. It was designed by renowned architect Charles G. Bryant as part of a national movement to provide respite from grassless urban landscapes. Garden cemeteries were created as much for living as for those who had passed on.

This tour meets at the Superintendent’s House at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 1048 State Street, Bangor.

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! Mount Hope Cemetery Tours have ended for 2017.

Historic Bangor 101

Bangor is a city rich in history, mystery and powerful events. Perched on the edge of the Maine North Woods and a one-time important harbor, Bangor’s history is filled with tales of lumber barons who struck it rich from her natural resources as well as shipping magnates and manufacturing pioneers. Historic Bangor 101 tells the stories of our first settlers, the greatest disaster in U.S. Naval History (until Pearl Harbor),  the British Occupation during the War of 1812, the Great Fire of 1911 and so much more.

This tour meets at the Bangor Historical Society/Thomas A. Hill House, 159 Union Street, Bangor.

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! Historic Bangor 101 Tours have ended for 2017.

Great Fire of 1911

In April, 1911 a spark in a riverside hay shed ignited a fire that devastated much of Bangor’s downtown and threatened many of her neighborhoods. Join us as we follow the flames’ path and learn which structures survived and how Bangor and her people recovered from the devastation.

This tour meets at the Bangor Historical Society/Thomas A. Hill House, 159 Union Street, Bangor.

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! Great Fire of 1911 Tours have ended for 2017.

Devil’s Half Acre

Even though Maine enacted a Prohibitory Law in 1851, Bangor didn’t comply. In the area known as the “Devil’s Half Acre” saloons & brothels reigned and vice & violence thrived.

Led by the city’s most notorious Madam, Fan Jones, this tour shines a light on Bangor’s wicked side and tells the tales of the people who are just as much a part of the city’s history as those who lived in the majestic homes on Broadway.

This tour meets at the Bangor Historical Society/Thomas A. Hill House, 159 Union Street, Bangor.

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! Devil’s Half Acre Tours have ended for 2017.

Historic Homes of Broadway

Take a stroll down the tree lined street that has been home to some of Bangor’s best known residents.

This tour meets at the corner of Broadway and State Street. Street parking is available on Broadway.

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! Historic Homes of Broadwat Tours have ended for 2017.


Bangor’s Official Historic Tours are possible thanks to the generous support of:


Private/Group Tours Available

The Bangor Historical Society offers private tours for groups and schools, as well as for families and friends who may not be able to attend one of our regular tour dates.  All of our regular tours are available as private/group options. We also offer combination packages. Click here for more information.

Want to explore Bangor on your own? Download one of our guides and make your way around the city.

Get the guide — Thank you to the City of Bangor Historic Preservation Commission for allowing us to share this guide.

More guides coming soon!