Interested in a unique experience this fall? Join a tour at Forest Home Cemetery to enjoy a walk among the colorful trees and leaves while learning about Milwaukee history. The date is Saturday, October 20, at 2:00 pm. Forest Home is 189 acres and has served the city since 1850. It is now home to some of the finest monuments in the Midwest and is considered to be a "garden cemetery" due to its design and layout by Increase Lapham, who is also buried there.
Visit graves of early Milwaukeeans who helped build Milwaukee in the 1800's such as Layton, Marshall, Ilsley, Pfister, Mitchell, Schlitz, Pabst, and many more. This is considered the best tour for first time visitors. All tours are free and last about 90 minutes; however, donations to their preservation association are gratefully accepted. Good walking shoes are strongly recommended.
They are hosting another event earlier that day and you will likely have to park along the road. The Lincoln gate will be closed so enter on Forest Home Ave at 26th Street and follow the yellow line in the middle of the road to the Halls of History building and park along any of the roads wherever you find space. Arrive a little early to find parking and then join the tour group outside in front of the Halls of History for the 2:00 pm tour. If you would like a self-guided tour book for reference you may pick one up in the office next door before or after the tour.
Check out their website www.foresthomecemetery.com for more information or call them at 414-645-2632 the day of the tour for an update if the weather is questionable. You may also contact Joanne at 262-821-2064 if you have questions.
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