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.

February Tour Canceled due to impending snowstorm

Due to the impending snowstorm for this weekend we are canceling our monthly guided historical tour scheduled for tomorrow- Saturday February 9th. All advanced tickets will be honored at our future monthly tours. We apologize if this causes any inconvenience but we want everyone to be safe! In addition Metro likely close Lone Fir during inclement weather. To find that info please check out their website.

Sunday, November 11, is Veterans Day.

Originally designated as Armistice Day, this holiday memorializes the truce that ended World War I — which was completed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year. WWI was thought to be The War to End All Wars until World War II began twenty years later.

Congress changed the name to Veterans Day in June 1954 with the intent to acknowledge the end of two world wars, rather than just one, and recognize the contributions and sacrifices that all veterans had made while serving the country — in wartime and peace. President Eisenhower issued a Presidential Proclamation for Veterans Day in October 1954, calling for all Americans to “solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve hour heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”

While the holiday is commonly named “Veteran’s Day” or “Veterans’ Day” in calendars and advertisements (spellings that are grammatically acceptable), the United States Department of Veterans Affairs states that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which began as Decoration Day in 1868. Decoration Day was founded to honor the Union soldiers who had perished during the Civil War. In 1882, Congress changed the basis of Decoration Day to honor and remember everyone who had died. Congress then changed the name of the holiday to Memorial Day in 1967.

A Few 2019 Calendars Still Left at Red Fox Vintage!

We still have a handful of 2019 calendars left and super excited to say that we are selling them at Red Fox Vintage Woodstock! Come on by their location to pick up a 2019 Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery calendar for $15. We are excited because we know you can’t always make it to the cemetery on the first and second Saturdays and this makes such a perfect holiday gift. This is our first run of the calendar concept and super excited that the wonderful staff at Red Fox are going to carry it for us! All proceeds to to Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery and our efforts to restore and preserve this wonderful outdoor museum!

4528 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206. Open daily 11-7

Also available Online

Thank you for attending Tombstone Trick or Treat in Lone Fir Cemetery!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Tombstone Trick or Treat event in Lone Fir Cemetery last Saturday! We hope you had as much fun as we did.

About 3,500 people — children and adults — wandered the Cemetery, we gave out 6,500 pieces of candy, and in addition to our merchandise sales, we received about $300 in donations. Several hundred people stopped by our information tent to ask questions about Lone Fir Cemetery, including a few descendants of Colburn Barrell, and more than 50 of you expressed interest in volunteering for Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery next year. And we will definitely be in touch soon!

We also want to thank everyone from Metro who joined us for the day including Matt, Noel, and especially Lupine, who not only arranged for us to borrow equipment, but personally delivered it herself!

We had an immense array of children and adults show up in costume: ghosts and goblins, witches, warlocks, and wizards (including representatives from every house of Hogwarts), sea creatures, dinosaurs, shoes, video games, superheroes and comic book characters, hobbits, historical figures, jungle animals, and just about every other person, place, or thing you imaginable.

Thank you and thank you again. We planned a little event that we though might attract several hundred or a thousand people. We were absolutely floored to see over double that number arrive (even if we did run out of candy a couple times). You brought an afternoon of life and laughter to the cemetery and its residents

We hope to see you again in the future at tour, headstone cleaning workshop, or other event. Please leave us comments, suggestions or other feedback, and if you took any photos on Saturday, we would love to see them!

If you are interested in joining Friends of Lone Fir, please join us for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 7, 2019.

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