About Us

Forest Home Cemetery - Fall Leaves

WELCOME TO THE NEW COMBINED WEBSITE FOR FOREST HOME CEMETERY, INC.
AND THE FOREST HOME HISTORIC PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION, INC.

We are here to take care of your burial needs as well as provide information, and educate you, on Forest Home Cemetery and our Preservation activities.

We hope that you will find it easy to navigate and obtain the information you need right away... without a lot of extra clicks! As you move through the site, if you have any questions, or suggestions, please don't hesitate to call the cemetery office at (414) 645-2632 or send an email from the Contact area of this site.

A Brief History

Forest Home is a "Priceless Treasure" located on the south side of Milwaukee. With its sun-graced grass, fountains, lake, thousands of trees and roads that wind through multiple floral gardens and the final resting places of over 117,000 individuals, it is a lasting example of carefully maintained respect and care. Since 1850, Milwaukee has grown in an uncertain world of wars, victories, tragedies and triumphs, and throughout decades of changing times, area citizens and dignitaries have always shared a comforting constant: the unparalleled dignity of eternal rest at Forest Home Cemetery.

Today, Forest Home is set up as a non-profit corporation led by a volunteer Board of Directors. The directors have the freedom to meet the needs of the public they serve with innovations such as interest-free property and monument plans. In 2016, the cemetery started a Pre-Need program for individuals to pay for their burial and vault needs locking in the current costs no matter how far into the future their burial takes place. A percentage of each property sale is prudently invested to assure the continuance of an historical promise: careful and constant care of all buildings and grounds for generations of memories to come. For you and your loved ones, guarantee a place where history is never forgotten.

Forest Home Cemetery - Bridge over Water

Forest Home embraces 200 acres of dignified beauty. It still contains enough undeveloped land to enable the cemetery to do burials for the next 100 years! Its historical significance has earned Forest Home the designation as an official Milwaukee Landmark and a listing in the National Registry of Historic Places.

Most of all, Forest Home Cemetery continues as planned; to always be the place where memories stand the test of time. As you tour our grounds and buildings, you will notice an atmosphere of dignified respect. We ask that you please help us maintain that atmosphere while you are here. Most of all, please take time to enjoy all the serenity, beauty and unique history as you discover the difference that is Forest Home Cemetery.

Chapel Gardens

Forest Home Cemetery - Chapel Gardens

Forest Home’s unique combination of modern and traditional is typified in Chapel Gardens, one of the most picturesque outdoor community mausoleums anywhere.

Carefully planned and designed, Chapel Gardens features a beautiful blending of classic architecture with lush landscaping and extensive use of flowers. The exquisite and expansive layout includes the Upper and Lower Rose Gardens and majestic colonnades that flow towards the Abbey, a focal point of a unique setting which comforts visitors in beauty and dignity.

By offering every known type of above-ground burial option, Chapel Gardens is an ideal choice for making pre-arrangement plans at a total price less than in-ground burial alternatives.

Because the beautiful dignity of the Chapel Gardens must be seen to be truly appreciated, you’re invited to visit anytime, seven days a week, during the cemetery's open hours.

Historic Landmark Chapel

Forest Home Cemetery - Chapel in Spring

Along with Forest Home Cemetery itself, this splendid Gothic structure was officially proclaimed an Historical Milwaukee Landmark in 1973. Construction of the Landmark Chapel began in 1890 and, owing to the time required for fine craftsmanship and attention to detail, took two-full years to complete. Today it remains a favorite haven for quiet and peaceful meditation.

With an exterior of gracefully aged reddish-brown Lake Superior sandstone, the interior features stately buttresses, fine leaded-glass windows and spacious conservatories containing lush tropical foliage. Many of the tropical plants are decades-old and provide a comforting ambiance that truly sets the Chapel apart from others built before, or since.

With a simple, yet dignified, interior design complemented by tasteful furnishings, the Landmark Chapel is ideal for burial and memorial services of all faiths at a nominal fee.  Over the past few years, the Landmark Chapel has been identified as a beautiful location for weddings.

After requests from local cremation society's, in 1896 the first crematory in the Mid-West opened its doors in the basement of the Landmark Chapel. Two, oil-fired, dual incinerators were installed behind a wall of white marble with a well appointed family waiting area. 102 years later, in 1998, the crematory was shut down and replaced by a modern gas fueled crematory at another location on the cemetery grounds.  

The old crematory is opened once a year in September, during Doors Open, where hundreds of people come and see the Italian Marble walls, the hand laid 1/4" tile floor, the winter storage crypts, and more.

Halls of History

Forest Home Cemetery - Halls of History

Unlike any other in the nation, the Halls of History serve not only as a temperature-controlled indoor mausoleum, but also as a historical community-education center where people of all ages can learn, and honor, the history of Milwaukee.

As you walk into the Main Gallery you will see crypts of finely polished walnut and beautiful imported marble. Three skylights allow natural light in to the building.  The North and South Family Corridors continue with the imported marble crypt fronts, but also include beautiful glass-front cremation columbarium.  The newer niches allow families to share personal items about their loved ones in addition to the cremation urn. (The cemetery allows families to change out these personal items 2 times a year.)

The unique museum level of the Halls of History features permanent and changing displays honoring the memories and accomplishments of those who built Milwaukee and chose Forest Home for their eternal rest.

Throughout the building, tastefully furnished seating areas provide year-round comfort for visits by loved ones.

There are other indoor and outdoor mausoleums and columbariums located on the Forest Home grounds, but the Halls of History is the only temperature controlled building.

Markers/Memorials

At Forest Home, we provide complete service for granite or bronze markers and memorials that will stand the test of time with unmatched dignity.

Our bronze memorials are made of the same quality bronzes of antiquity that have survived centuries of exposure without adverse effects. Handcrafted expertise allows raised letters, sculpted designs, delicate emblems, stylish scrolls and pleasing colors to be combined in a distinctive presentation of a name placed in sacred memory.

Our granite markers start with the superior crystalline texture, uniform grain and consistent color found only in the world’s finest granite. Our craftspeople insist on the best so that precise carving and polishing skills can be used to the fullest. The result is a mirror-like finish and detailed design for a memorial to remember, forever.

Our specialists in stone and bronze represent generations of design and production expertise. Their timeless craft is why dignified and lasting memorials continue to be the ultimate form of remembrance at Forest Home.

Private Mausoleums

Forest Home Cemetery - Private Mausoleums

Since the beginning of civilization, the memory of outstanding individuals has been honored in timeless tribute with buildings crafted out of stone.

Today that tradition continues with mausoleums that properly reflect the unique character and accomplishments of individuals and entire families. Mausoleums mark distinct personal qualities and accomplishments so that the world may know, and never forget. These lasting tributes stand as symbols, to remind those who care, of priceless memories and an eternal presence.

Our experienced staff can assist you with mausoleum planning according to your needs and wishes. We know the importance of remarkable attention to detail when building tributes to remarkable lives. 

Multi-Year Floral Placement Program

Forest Home Cemetery - FlowersForest Home Cemetery - In Ground Flowers near Stark Grave

At Forest Home, you can take advantage of a special way to honor special memories, forever, with our Multi-Year Floral Placement Program. Now you can order and pay for flowers to be placed for up to three (3) years in advance. Our expert grounds crew will place and/or plant flowers at the time(s) you designate. (See order form below to start today.)

When included as part of pre-arrangements, and funded for up to 3 years at a time, our Multi-Year program assures that loved ones are always honored with flowers, plants or special memorial arrangements. According to personal wishes, this program will honor the memories on special days such as:

  •  Burial Anniversaries
  •  Birthdays                                                                                 
  •  Wedding Anniversaries
  •  Memorial Day
  •  July 4th
  •  Valentines Day
  •  Christmas
  •  Religious Holidays     

For you and your loved ones, the Multi-Year Floral Program is another reason that memories stand the test of time here at Forest Home.   

Forest Home Cemetery - Multi-Year Floral Placement Program

Click here to download the Multi-Year Floral Program Flier