Its Been A Minute …

A tiny update – We appreciate all the messages about Lone Fir and our status on tours and our workshops. As of now we don’t have much to report as COVID-19 is still ever present but when we are able to conduct tours and workshops we will post on social and here on our website. In the meantime, we have some things we are working on behind the scenes that we will announce soon so stay tuned .  Continue to stay stewards of the cemetery and stay safe!

A bit of an update

We sure do miss giving tours and working on cleaning headstones but this year took a turn for all of us with Covid-19. When we resume our tours and events we will let everyone know- we may consider very small tour sizes but that is in the working stages- but more to come on that. So with that said we have not planned nor do we have plans to conduct a Halloween event this year. That is hard for us because we know how much everyone loves those events and this is our 20th anniversary as a group. However it is too precarious and safety is our biggest concern not only for patrons but for our volunteers. It takes months and months of planning, volunteers and more to get any type of special event off the ground successfully. We will continue to work with Metro on mitigating vandalism and supporting Lone Fir in every way that we can. We hope that you continue to love, cherish and support Lone Fir and Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery as much as ever.

Memorial Day Weekend Announcement

In observance of Governor Kate Brown’s Executive order and the prohibition of gatherings and events regardless of size if social distancing cannot be sustained we are not holding any Memorial Day events this upcoming weekend. Lone Fir cemetery is open to the public and we ask that you stay safe this Memorial Day weekend. There are maps on Metro’s website to help facilitate locating graves of loved ones.

COVID-19 Response

In an effort to comply with the states stay at home ordinance and in an effort of safety we are cancelling all events for until further notice including our monthly tours, headstone cleaning, and our public board meeting.  All ticket purchases for tours canceled will be refunded. We  will continue to monitor the situation and keep everyone informed about future months events and meetings. Thank you for all of your support and please be safe.

Twilight Tombstone Tour! – SOLD OUT

This year’s tour is already SOLD OUT!

Thank you all for the great response!

Celebrate Halloween weekend at Metro’s historic Lone Fir Cemetery in Southeast Portland. Guided tours take guests throughout the cemetery and hear the stories of those who lived and died in Portland. Come for an informal history lesson while enjoying the beauty and tranquility of Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in SE Portland at Twilight. The tour highlights Portland’s founders, pioneers, its famous and infamous alike.

Tours being promptly at the hour and no walk up ticket sales provided. Please arrive 30 minutes early to ensure a timely start. Tours last about an hour.


Headstone Cleaning workshops are back!

Monthly Headstone Cleaning workshops are back in session!

Every Third Saturday of the month from May through September.
Meet at the Soldiers Monument at 10am for a tutorial on how to clean and spruce the headstones at Lone Fir Cemetery.

The workshop runs from 10am until noon and there is no fee. We provide the supplies! Gloves are handy and please dress to get dirty.

Volunteers Wanted!
Want to volunteer in general? Do you like research? Headstone cleaning? Interested in the tours? Special events? Let us know! We are always looking for folks to help us at any and all levels of participation!

Learn more on our website here on volunteer opportunities.
You can email us for volunteer inquire at:

Memorial Day at Lone Fir

Memorial Day is fast approaching, and as we have done in the past Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery will be on site at Lone Fir cemetery to help answer people’s questions and assist in locating loved ones.

For some Memorial Day is a time for reflection, to give thanks to the veterans who served our country, to visit family members and friends that have passed and for Friends of Lone Fir it is also a time to volunteer.

We will be stationed by Chestnut Grove and we will be there from 10:00-3:00 May 26 and 27. Sunday and Monday this year.

If you are interested in volunteering please reach out to us at

Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery Annual Meeting March 14th 2019

Please join us on the evening of Thursday, March 14th 2019, for the Friends of Lone Fir Annual Meeting at Tabor Space. Located at 5441 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97215

We will hold the meeting in a room called the Dining Room which is in the lower level. Parking is available in the church’s lot which is across 54th Ave and is closest to the handicap accessible entrance. That entrance is also closest to the Dining Room. If you enter from Belmont Street please choose the lower level door which is to the left of the main stairs.  This meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

We will begin around 6:00 with mingling and social time followed by the meeting proper at 6:30pm. Late arrivals will not disturb the meeting but we encourage everyone to be there by 6:30pm.
  During our annual meeting we  will talk about the projects and events planned for the next year, we will talk about the composition of the Board and elect new officers. In addition Metro will give a presentation on their cemetery plans for the year as well as hear from selected speakers. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and communicate to the board as well as members of Metro.

If you are not an official member of Friends of Lone Fir, now is the time to join for next year! And if you are already a member, now is the time to renew your membership for 2019!

Membership options are:

  • $30 contribution for a regular membership
  • $15 contribution for retirees and seniors
  • $10 contribution for students

You can submit your contribution online at the Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery website. To make other payment arrangements, please email us at You may also renew your membership at the annual meeting by cash, check and credit card via Square.

To qualify for a student membership, all you need to do is provide some proof of enrollment at any school or participation in any apprenticeship program. For more information, please email us at

Our meeting is once again on Thursday March 14th at Tabor Space. Click HERE for our FB Event.
  Our members and donors provided us the sustained financial support we need to carry out our overall mission:  

  • To educate the broader public about the history and importance of Lone Fir Cemetery through tours, workshops, and special events.
  • To preserve Lone Fir Cemetery’s legacy and historic significance, especially in a rapidly changing city.
  • To restore and replace headstones and other cemetery features for future generations to enjoy.
  • And to collaborate with other like-minded groups in pursuit of this mission.