At Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum, we exist to serve the community as a place of dignity and celebration for the departed. As the city’s oldest operating cemetery, we proudly serve as a caretaker for Milwaukee history, architecture and nature. It’s also a place for you, the living, to experience history, nature and life in a new and powerful way.
Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum performs hundreds of burials per year and has interment space available over the next 100 years. Modeled after the garden style cemeteries of the Victorian era, Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum is filled with dramatic natural landscapes, curved roadways, artful plantings, and opulent monuments. It was designed as a rural retreat for urban dwellers to reconnect with the beauty and healing qualities of nature.
How it all started
We share the stories of those who are laid to rest here, but we also have our own story worth remembering. We’ve been open to all from the beginning in 1850, which makes it a story about all of us.