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Forest Hills Cemetery

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Address: 95 Forest Hills Ave, Boston, MA 02130
Phone Number:
+1 617-524-0128
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

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

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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Great off the beaten path activity

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 August 2016
Macungie, Pennsylvania
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Macungie, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 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 fun. A very shady place so not too bad on a sunny and hot day.... More 

Thank FishmanPA60
Philadelphia, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 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. Cummings while there. The main gate is one of the most gorgeous I have seen.... More 

Thank anacr0ss
Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 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 popular headstones that you might miss, like the boy in the boat and Gracie... More 

1 Thank Lynnette_02
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

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

Thank rmachall
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 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 

Thank Durham123
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 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 

1 Thank Nicholas K
Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 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 

1 Thank Steve1362
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 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 

1 Thank WorryFreePhilly
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 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 

5 Thank DanJO O
Massillon, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 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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