2023 Dates


19, 20, 21, 22

Building on the success of our 2022 inaugural season, Spirits of the Silent City returns to Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum in 2023!

Under theatrical lighting, the cemetery becomes a stage for professional actors who bring the stories of our cemetery to life. Your spirit guide, portraying a notable Milwaukeean, will guide you through stops where you will meet some of the cemetery’s remarkable residents. Tours have included Mrs. Wright, the eccentric second wife of Frank Lloyd Wright; Dr. Laura Ross Wolcott, the state’s first female physician; Ezekiel Gillespie, the Black man who helped secure suffrage rights for African Americans in this state; a bickering group of beer barons – and many more! Tours produced by Forest Home Cemetery in collaboration with Caper Company.

See the cast of 2023 Spirits of the Silent City.

What people are saying about Spirits of the Silent City

Loved it!!..and not scary at all…learned so much about some upstart Milwaukeeans who had a big part in making important changes.

It was such a fascinating event! My group absolutely loved it.

This was absolutely fantastic. The actors, the flow … everything. Just loved it.

I absolutely LOVED IT!!! Please do this again next year!!

Can’t wait until October?

Enjoy the history and beauty of Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum year round! The cemetery is open daily, 8am to dusk. Follow one of our self-guided tours or just drive, jog, walk or ride a bike through our 200 acres of green space – right in the heart of Milwaukee’s South Side.

Leashed dogs also welcome.