Biddeford Cemetery Scavenger Hunt
A history hunt for all ages! You can do this hunt at ANY cemetery - but we have included some Biddeford-specific bonus questions at the end (from our larger, more accessible cemeteries for those who wish to really explore).
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*We've also provided a PDF of this for download at (https://www.mcarthurlibrary.org/mca-online-programs.html) and scroll down to CEMETERY SCAVENGER HUNT.*

*Please remember to be respectful as you explore Biddeford's cemeteries, and make yourself aware of the particular rules and regulations at each individual cemetery that you visit.*
Thank you!
VETERANS - There are many veterans in our cemeteries. Some have American flags (but not all), some have special markers, and some have information about their service carved into their headstones. Are there more from one conflict or war than others?
4 points
Most (but not all) headstones for Civil War soldiers who died in battle look like this [a small rectangular stone with a sheild outline containing the name and unit of the soldier].
George Weymouth, Co.C. 10th Maine Infantry, and Alanson Weymouth, 14th Maine Infantry, headstones at Woodlawn Cemetery, Biddeford.
WOMEN SERVED TOO - Though they weren't always allowed to leave home to serve during conflict, women found ways to do their part. Can you find a woman who was a member of an Ladies Auxiliary or Women's Corps? How about combat nurses?
3 points
[Image of an iron cross marker for Maine Department, Woman's Relief Corps, Corps 34.]
[Image of an iron cross marker for Maine Department, Woman's Relief Corps, Corps 34.]
MEMORIALS - Many cemeteries contain memorials to specific groups or events. Look for a flag pole, tall monument, or notice a special path that leads you there. There may be benches or space for quiet reflection there.
2 points
MEMBERS ONLY - In the 19th and early 20th centuries lots of people joined clubs and were very proud of their memberships! You can see many club memberships represented on headstones and in markers.
3 points
[Image showing symbols for both the Freemasons and Odd Fellows clubs carved into a headstone.]
[Image showing symbols for both the Freemasons and Odd Fellows clubs carved into a headstone.]
FAMILY MATTERS - In some cemeteries there are large gated family plots, and in others more simple raised areas with steps carved with family names. Some of these plots are full of stones, some are almost empty. Other families are all carved onto a single large stone, or a large monument surrounded by smaller stones.
5 points
An example of a mixed family headstone found at Greenwood cemetery.
Three connected headstones for Simon Andrews (died 1927) and his first wife, Lavinia (died 1904) and second wife, Alma . (died 1912).
VARIETY - Headstones come in every shape and size, from the tiny 5x7 placard to the gigantic stone tomb. Popular styles during different eras help you see how a cemetery grew - it can also show you when a stone may be a replacement done at a much later time.
4 points
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BONUS SECTION! EXPLORING BIDDEFORD BY CEMETERY:
WOODLAWN CEMETERY (Elm and West Streets)
0 points
ST. MARY'S CEMETERY (Elm Street)
5 points
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ST. DEMETRIOS CEMETERY (Cole Road)
4 points
GREENWOOD CEMETERY (Cole Road, Elm and Alfred Streets)
4 points
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ST. JOSEPH'S CEMETERY (West Street)
5 points
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~YOU HAVE NOW FINISHED THE SCAVENGER HUNT!~
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