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Address: 95 Forest Hills Ave, Boston, MA 02130
Phone Number: 617 524 0128
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Forest Hills Cemetery is an active garden cemetery, an historic site...

Forest Hills Cemetery is an active garden cemetery, an historic site, an open-air museum, and a 275-acre greenspace and arboretum located in Jamaica Plain. Constructed in 1848, famous people buried here included abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, suffragist Lucy Stone, poets Anne Sexton and e.e. cummings, playwright Eugene O’Neill, and sculptor Martin Milmore. The Forest Hills Educational Trust hosts poetry readings and manages a contemporary sculpture path.

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A most pleasent stroll

The old part is beautifully landscaped .Think of it more as a sculpture / botanical park than a cemetery.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The old part is beautifully landscaped .Think of it more as a sculpture / botanical park than a cemetery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Very peaceful, quiet, park-like area with old trees, stunning landscapes, a pond and innovative sculpture. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park, and lots of greenways in Boston, the cemetery was a stunning place to connect with an old friend. We sat on a bench by the pond, took a walk, and appreciated innovative sculpture along the way... More 

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Visit Forest Hills Cemetery on the doorstep of Boston and be gobsmacked by the natural beauty of the leafy gardens adorning the rolling hills and by the stunning funereal art, in abundance. If you're in the very least like me, the two magnificent marble statues depicting young Gracie and little Louis will especially just blow you away. Or you can... More 

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I first visited Forest Hills Cemetery for a burial and discovered how beautiful this place is. I never thought I would be writing a review of a cemetery on TripAdvisor but this is a must see attraction. Established in 1848 and still an active cemetery, the 275 acres grounds have been landscaped and maintained as an amazing Victorian garden that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

This cemetery is simply awesome. I really wish that I had more time there and I do plan to go back. The stone statues were everywhere and they were so unique! So much there to see. I had stopped at this cemetery on my way to the Logan Airport. So I had about 3 hours to explore which is not... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I love the cemetery grounds, and think they are beautiful and well-kept, but I had an unfortunate incident that I'd like to share about the President of the cemetery. I was walking my dog in the cemetery when a Lexus SUV drives by and a man shouts out the window "leash your dog!" This was done in a very aggressive... More 

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Massillon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

My great-gma use to pack a picnic lunch and we would take the T and bus and then walk there every week. It is beautiful...the most beautiful in Boston. My great-gparents, gparents, aunts, uncles, etc. are buried there along with my young son. I wish I still lived close enough to visit.

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Acton MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2007

Most people don't think of visiting a cemetery as a day's outing. This place is really unique. It's a pre-civil war cemetery with fascinating Gothic architecture, incredible trees (including some very large and old copper beech trees) and grounds, and a contemporary sculpture park. To top it all off, there is a little lake in the middle of the cemetery... More 

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