Milwaukee's Forest Home Cemetery

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In his book Cream City Chronicles, Milwaukee historian John Gurda wrote, “What lies buried beneath the trees of Forest Home is the foundation of Milwaukee.” In 1849, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church purchased 72 acres in Milwaukee to create Forest Home Cemetery, a cemetery for the city and an eternal resting place for all. Increase Lapham was hired to design Forest Home based on the “garden cemetery” model. More than a thousand trees speak to its name. The first burial occurred in August 1850, and the story continues today with 189 acres of a graceful landscape and Victorian-era monuments that are measured in tons. Beneath its majestic trees are buried the city’s historic founders and developers, mayors, beer barons, industrialists, pioneering women, and Civil War casualties, whose fascinating stories are brought to life through never-before-seen photographs.
ISBN: 9781467104890
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Wisconsin
Series: Images of America
Images: 209
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The Forest Home historians in association with the Forest Home Historic Preservation Association (FHHPA) are not only skilled researchers but also are experienced cemetery tour guides who provide a comprehensive tour program that details insights into Milwaukee history. With availability for the next 100 years, visit the cemetery’s website,, for information and tour schedules that build on the history of this wonderful place.
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