Vision Hallowell is partnering with the Historic Hallowell Committee and Row House, the city’s historical society, to present a tour of the city cemetery, 27 Water St., at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, as part of Jane’s Walk.

A team of Sam Webber-trained historians is leading the way.

Nearly 25 years ago Webber, Hallowell’s city historian, began leading walks through the city cemetery as a way of introducing the living to some of the town’s most notable former citizens.

Sam Webber, Hallowell city historian, leads a tour of the City Cemetery, just one of many Jane’s Walks planned for the weekend of May 6. Bob McIntire photo

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was a writer, urbanist, and activist who championed a community-based approach to city-building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” introduced ideas about how cities function, evolve and often fail.

Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbors, according to a news release from Bob McIntire with the Historic Hallowell Committee.

Maine Preservation, a statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization, is coordinating Jane’s Walk activities in Maine. Thirty-seven walks are planned from Van Buren to Eastport and south to Wells.


The Hallowell walk begins at the Civil War Monument on Water Street in the south end of the cemetery. The tour, about an hour long, will visit the final resting places of a former governor, the benefactors of the Hubbard Free Library and City Hall, sea captains and several residents of the Stevens Industrial School for the Girls.

For more information about Jane’s Walks statewide, visit



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