Forest Hills Cemetery

95 Forest Hills Avenue

About Us:

Forest Hills Cemetery is one of the finest examples of the garden cemetery in the United States. It was founded in 1848 to provide a magnificent park-like setting to bury and remember family and friends. Set among the important jewels of Greater Boston's "Emerald Necklace" the linked collection of parks and green spaces (the "jewels") that ring the city Forest Hills Cemetery is a treasure trove of natural splendor and man-made beauty. In recognition of its unique qualities, Forest Hills Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

More than 275 rolling acres is the setting for art, sculpture, memorials and architecture that are admired around the world. And throughout the landscape, carefully cultivated bushes, trees and plantings contribute to an atmosphere that is both restful and arresting... an enchanting combination that celebrates the living, while commemorating the deceased. It is no wonder Forest Hills Cemetery was named one of the "1000 Greatest Places" in Massachusetts.

Forest Hills is indeed a special place. Wooded heights and shaded valleys alternate from side to side. There are grassy slopes and shaded lanes, a waterfall and fountain and in the center of things, a serene lake surrounded by mature trees providing dappled shade, as well as comfortable seating from which to laze away a summer afternoon.

The famous and lesser known are at rest here at peace in a truly beautiful setting. From the beginning in 1848, Forest Hills has been the resting place for some of the community's most outstanding citizens, honored for service to their country, or for their success in politics, literature or the arts and sciences. It is also a resting place for every citizen, of any origin or accomplishment.

Today, Forest Hills is still an active burial ground, and is also a historic site, an open-air museum, and a 275-acre greenspace and arboretum. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, the distinctive Victorian landscape design features meandering paths, scenic vistas, and lovely lake Hibiscus. Many prominent historic, cultural and civic figures are buried here, including the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, suffragist Lucy Stone, poets Anne Sexton and e.e. cummings, playwright Eugene O'Neill, and sculptor Martin Milmore.

Forest Hills Cemetery continues to be the choice of prominent and significant Americans, nearly 165 years since its founding.


John Baker

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

Very beautiful and serene place in the middle of major metropolitan area. Plenty of historical people have been laid to rest there. Go to the office and get a map is suggested.

Rudy Breteler

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

One of the best locations for birding in the southern metro area.

mathew kuzmik

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

It's a cemetery, yeah, but it's also a beautiful park area that is well removed from the rest of the city. If you get to the center you can almost not hear all of the cars and traffic. It's old, so there are a lot of ancient trees, and the landscaping is just amazing. Dog friendly, but there are no waste bins, so you'll have to carry poop around with you. Some historical figures are rested here, and the place is large enough it will take days to explore and truly appreciate. Beware, though, this is an active cemetery, so while you're having fun, people are sometimes there grieving.

Philip Stowell

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2016

What a treat! We were recommended to visit this gorgeous cemetery by a lady we met at Back Bay Station when we were at a loose end. Took the orange train there (and back) and had the most delightful time exploring this haven of tranquility. Well "worth a detour" as Michelin would say.

Mike Judas

Tuesday, Sep. 8, 2015

Go see this - It is like a beautiful forested park. you can walk or ride a bike - very interesting to look a the older graves - If you're a history buff you'll love this.