Postal Code: 04330
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Mount Vernon Cemetery is the oldest section of Mount Hope Cemetery in Augusta and is located near the Airport. One can call the Cemetery Office at 207-626-2352 for more information.
Note - History of Mount Vernon Cemetery ~ Cemetery was also known as Burnt Hill Burying Ground. Sometimes known now as Mt. Hope/Burnt Hill Cemetery.
Jospeh & Hannah North gave the land of the Cemetery to the town of Augusta in 1802.
On July 9, 1806, Augusta resident Capt. James Purrington murdered his wife and six of his Eight children and then took his own life. The next day, a large public funeral was held, during which the bodies of the slain family members were laid to rest in what was apparently an unmarked grave in the then-Burnt Hill (now Mt. Vernon) cemetery. Capt. Purrington was buried along with the murder weapons (an axe and a razor) in the highway at the southeast corner of the cemetery.
Recently, the Augusta Historic Preservation Commission located the site of the family grave and placed a marker at the location, completing the work of honoring the victims of this horrid act of family violence.
Augusta Historic Preservation Commission