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Forest Hills Cemetery

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One of Boston's Best Kept Secrets

From the colonial era burial grounds that are scattered throughout downtown Boston to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Boston, Massachusetts
Vast Landscape, historical significance

Forest Hills cemetery is a great way to get in touch with nature and history in the same place... read more

Reviewed May 10, 2017
Lou L
Long Island, New York
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2 weeks ago
“One of Boston's Best Kept Secrets”
May 10, 2017
“Vast Landscape, historical significance ”
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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
95 Forest Hills Ave, Boston, MA 02130-3791
+1 617-524-0128
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the colonial era burial grounds that are scattered throughout downtown Boston to the beautiful, contemplative garden cemeteries such as Mount Auburn in Cambridge and Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain, Boston is a wonderful city for "the living" to, as Robert Frost wrote, "come with...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2017 via mobile

Forest Hills cemetery is a great way to get in touch with nature and history in the same place. Located in Boston, but not in the tourist centered area, forest hills is a large cemetery (maps at the front near the entrance gates) with beautiful...More

1  Thank Lou L
Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

Great historical cemetery but the map on their website is not good. I printed it out beforehand to find some specific graves. I wish they told me that the graves are marked generally in the vicinity and not exactly where they marked it. Sometimes the...More

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Reviewed April 4, 2017

Unfortunately it was raining when we visited but it was still fun to see all the incredibly old graves and headstones. Really interesting old cemetery.

Thank dapaxton
Reviewed August 14, 2016

We came here as a result of a search on Atlas Obscura and were pleasantly surprised. We picked up a map at the entrance and chose a variety of the highlighted items to go and see. Essentially it became a driving tour/scavenger hunt. Lots of...More

Thank Scott T
Reviewed July 6, 2016

Beautiful and peaceful cemetery. It has lots to see, with many beautiful headstones and sculptures. It's quite big so be prepared to walk around for a while. Lots of history here also. I was there to see Anne Sexton's grave but also found E. E....More

1  Thank anacr0ss
Reviewed November 11, 2015

Established in 1848, Forest Hills Cemetery is a 275-acre cemetery located in Boston, Massachusetts. The entrance gate and surrounding buildings have beautiful architecture. Drive or walk around and see the lovely gardens, lake, fountain, waterfall and memorials. I would recommend looking up some of the...More

1  Thank Lynnette_02
Reviewed September 24, 2015

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

Thank rmachall
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...More

Thank Durham123
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...More

1  Thank Nicholas K
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