Founded in 2000, Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to education, preservation and restoration efforts for the cemetery. With its first burial dating back to 1846, Lone Fir is the oldest cemetery in the Portland area and the largest of 14 historic cemeteries managed by Metro regional government. Through fundraising events, monument repair workshops, clean-up days and historic tours, Friends of Lone Fir strives to raise dollars and awareness to overcome the inevitable deterioration that many of America’s oldest cemeteries face. Metro still coordinates burials nearly every week in the cemetery, and Friends of Lone Fir seeks to honor the deceased and their survivors through encouraging community involvement in this treasured greenspace. Lone Fir Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places and was named one of the top 10 cemeteries in the world to visit by National Geographic Traveler Magazine.


Halloween Tour of Untimely Departures

Ghosts with chilling stories of their untimely deaths, haunting music, owls,
glowing jack-o-lanterns, and luminary-lit pathways…


It was a perfect night!  Thank you for supporting our eighth annual holiday event.  We had over 1,000 guests visit us and raised over $15,000 to support our mission of education, preservation, and restoration.

We are extremely grateful to the 81 volunteers who served as ghosts, ghouls, tour guides, tour tails, and members of our logistics, front gate, and back gate crews; Portland Sacred Harp for sharing their singing talents; Audubon Society for bringing their owls; The Party Place for their equipment donation; and our friends at Metro for their wonderful support!