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 includes walking paths, a waterfall, fountain and a lake in the center with shady seats to relax in. The entrance gate and administrative buildings are beautiful Victorian stone structures and there are countless memorials that double as wonderful pieces of sculpture. This is the final resting place of many ordinary people as well as historical figures including the playwright Eugene O’Neill, poets Anne Sexton and E.E. Cummings, sculptor Martin Milmore, suffragist Lucy Stone and the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. While it may sound strange, I highly recommend a visit to this cemetery. Part of the Emerald Necklace string of green spaces, it is located a short drive south of downtown (~6mi, 10k), just south of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Drive around and see the wonderful gardens, memorials and architecture. Definitely stop and get out to enjoy the beauty at a slower pace unfiltered by the car’s window and climate control. The gates of the cemetery grounds open daily at 7 am and close at different, posted times during the year or one can call 617-524-0128 in advance for the closing time.
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