Eugene Masonic Cemetery Afternoon Sunshine

It’s Memorial Day weekend!

Hope Abbey will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday and Monday. Please come in and enjoy some refreshments while looking at displays in the mausoleum.

“History Hunts” is a fun activity for children and families on both days, with everyone who participates getting a prize. Get maps and clipboards in Hope Abbey.

Taps will be played at 12:15 both days—take a moment afterwards to reflect on the sacrifices of the veterans buried here. 

Two scheduled tours will start at Hope Abbey at 12:30 p.m. Diego Llewellyn-Jones will lead one on Sunday with a focus on “The Landscape” and our arboretum. Caroline Forell will lead a “Cemetery Highlights” tour on Monday. 

The season’s first free concert in the Music on the Square series will be on Sunday at the Public Square. The Riverside Chamber Orchestra, Eugene’s premier amateur orchestra, will play Haydn and Brahms, starting at 6 p.m. Bring blankets or low seats to be comfortable on the grass. 

About the cemetery

This community treasure is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Remarkably, it is also an active, operating cemetery. Established in 1859, Eugene’s first chartered cemetery includes pioneers, such as city founder Eugene Skinner and artist Maude Kerns. The cemetery retains “Masonic” in its name, as an important historic reference, but is no longer officially affiliated with the Masonic Lodge.

Donations to Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association qualify for the Oregon Cultural Trust tax credit. See OCT’s web site for more information on how to participate.

In addition to traditional burial plots, the Eugene Masonic Cemetery offers a variety of services and memorials. Our administrator will be happy to help you with your choices. Email emca1859@gmail.com or call (541) 684-0949.

Video Tour of the Cemetery