The Lone Fir story
Can’t make it to Scotland this summer? How about watching the Scottish play Macbeth in Lone Fir Cemetery one summer night instead?
See Portland Actors Ensemble perform this quintessential Shakespeare play contemplating life, death, power and fame set among the Lone Fir tombstones at twilight.
The show runs June 18 to July 25. Performances are free to the public.
For dates, times and more information about the performances, visit portlandactors.com or call 503-467-6573.
Lone Fir’s first human occupant was Emmor Stephens. His burial took place in 1846 in what was then privately owned land in a rural setting. The land was later platted as Mount Crawford Cemetery in 1855. Back then Portland existed only on the west side of the river. Because of marshy ground, the city closed graveyards at Ankeny and Front, Washington and Stark at 10th, and Burnside at 11th. Many bodies were then reinterred at Mount Crawford.
Mount Crawford was renamed Lone Fir in 1866, for the once solitary tree in its northwest corner. (It’s still standing.) Lone Fir is Portland’s oldest continuously used cemetery and is now a de facto arboretum, with 500 trees representing 67 species. Twenty-five thousand people are buried here.
Chestnut Grove Memorial Garden opened within Lone Fir in 2013 to provide an option for the increasing number of people who choose to be cremated.
Forgotten remains, honored again
At Lone Fir, a transformation is taking shape in the block at the intersection of Southeast 20th Avenue and Southeast Morrison Street: burial grounds for patients at a nearby asylum and for Chinese immigrants. There are plans for a heritage garden and memorial on the site.