750 Hogan Rd.
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: (207) 942-7899
Fax: (207) 942-6463
Where there once used to be a site for dumping solid waste, now stands a testament to man's ability to aid nature. Essex Woods is the result of a city clean-up initiative wherein the dumping ground was cleaned and reforested. Today, the woods provide the locals and tourists with plenty of hiking and biking trails which you can explore at your leisure.
The Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor enjoys a position of significance not only in the city but also the entire nation as the second oldest garden cemeteries. Designed and established by Charles Bryant in 1834, which was interestingly the same year that Bangor was deemed a city, it is located on Outer State Street. Although situated amongst beautiful surroundings, the cemetery was, interestingly, used to shoot major portions of the 1988 horror flick Pet Sematary.
Since 1835, the gothic church on French street has been a center of spiritual learning and worship for the local community in Bangor. A part of the Episcopal Church of America, the St. John Episcopal Church is known for it's traditional services and it's wonderful choir. Sunday service is held at 8am and 10am, while on weekdays Prayer is at the Bethlehem chapel at 9am and 5.15pm. Besides this the various ministries of the church are involved in the local community from youth programs to outreach programs; believing service is as essential as worship for spiritual growth and a truly Christian way of life.
All Souls Congregational Church was built in the Gothic style during the early 20th Century. The building is constructed to resemble a Latin cross horizontally and its exteriors exhibit intricate stonework. A tall green steeple towers the Gothic building, which is replete with beautiful buttresses, arched doors and a portico. The main elements of interest are the heavy oak door, amber glass lancets, the 15th-century Lectern Lamp with Arabic inscription, the baptismal font made of oak and 26 stained glass windows. Besides religious services like sermons and prayer meetings, it actively encourages choirs and boasts of the Möller pipe organ constructed by one of the largest manufacturers in the world. Its Youth and Senior choirs render soulful hymns and carols during special occasions.
One of the districts oldest standpipes, the Thomas Hill Standpipe is still active today. Built in 1897, the standpipe has been used since to help regulate Bangor’s water pressure in the downtown area as well as provide a means of water storage for emergencies. The standpipe stands at 110 feet (33 meters) in height and 85 feet (25 meters) in diameter and is able to house up a large capacity of water. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a designated American Water Landmark.
With trees and lush green grass, the Mount Pleasant Cemetery is a quiet and peaceful resting place for those buried there. The cemetery is still active and has several funerals and cremations still take place here. The cemetery spans across a considerable area and contains quite a substantial number of graves. The cemetery also has a unique cylindrical structure within a brick walkway which is structured to form the shape of a Celtic cross.
Located in the heart of down town Bangor, the Columbia Street Baptist Church is a landmark in the area. The church has been an integral part of the community since 1845, and plays an important part in the religious and social life of the community. A haven of peace and tranquillity, the church's interior has several interesting features like intricate stained glass, the Estey pipe organ and the lovely painting in the baptistery. Besides worship services, the church has an extensive library as well as a soup kitchen and a Celebrate Recovery program. Service in the main church is held on Sunday 10.15am, while Evening service at 6pm takes place in the Mansion and Wednesday prayer chapel is at 6pm. For additional details, visit the website.
Built in the year 1920, the Bangor Opera House is a testament to the Art Deco style of architecture which attempted at Egyptian Revivalism. The venue itself has been the site of several concerts and theaters over the years and is now home to the Penobscot Theater Company which holds several old and new plays here. Theater festivals are also hosted at regular intervals.
Located close to the Second Street Park, the Davenport Park is an expanse of peaceful walkways shaded with leafy trees and lush green grass. The park is also home to the Spanish War Memorial which is in the shape of a pillar with an eagle atop it standing on a base of granite. The memorial was erected in the year 1922 in the honor of the battleship Maine which went down in an explosion in Havana Harbor in 1898.
With tall, lush green trees which provide shade and vast expanses of greenery which make it the perfect place to take a stroll or simply rest on a summer's day with a book in the shade of a tree. The park is a place where several of the neighborhood children come out to play. However, due to the incidence of crime being rather high in the area, it is not very safe to venture into the park after dark.
With trails to stroll along, picnic tables to sit at and a location right along the bank of the Penobscot River, the Bangor Waterfront park is a favorite spot for most people to spend a day of leisure. There is a dock for cruise ships and riverboats. The park also has an event space where festivals and concerts take place on regular intervals.
The city of Bangor in Maine claims to be the birthplace of Paul Bunyan, North America's legendary lumberjack. Owing to this cultural heritage, the city boasts of one of the largest statues dedicated to the giant logger. Located on Main Street, in the downtown area, the impressive statue towers about 31 feet (9.44 meters) high and is said to weigh about 3,700 pounds (1678.29 kilograms). Unveiled in 1959, the fiberglass structure was designed by J. Normand Martin. Even today, the huge comical figure welcomes visitors into the city, giving them ample photo opportunities and functions as a major attraction and landmark in Bangor.