Massachusetts August 20, 2016
There’s Something Incredibly Unique About This One Cemetery In Massachusetts
From headstones shaped like people to memorials that play music, this place is weird and beautiful. The Forest Hill Cemetery in Jamaica Plain is one of the most beautiful, and slightly bizarre, cemeteries in Massachusetts. More than just a burial ground, this place has become a surprisingly beautiful landscape of artwork and natural beauty.
You should visit in order to check out the cool sculptural headstones – some may be a bit more creepy than others – and enjoy the luscious greenery that has been cultivated for almost 200 years.
The first thing you'll see is the giant gate to the cemetery.
Founded 1848, entering Forest Hill feels like walking into a castle of the dead.
This isn't just a graveyard – it's an arboretum, sculpture garden and greenspace.
Forest Hill was one of the first cemeteries in the nation to embrace the idea of creating beautiful spaces where visitors could stroll and remember their loved ones.
Ancient trees provide plenty of shade while you stroll. The giant weeping European beech tree is a striking natural feature of the cemetery.
The giant, lush trees and plants of the cemetery are as impressive as some of the best headstones and sculptures.
This cemetery definitely has a playful side. Some of the headstones are actually interactive.
Visitors can fill Forest Hill with the beautifuls sounds of a giant xylophone, installed permanently on the cemetery grounds.
You'll also find a miniature village of cement homes.
These headstones are actually replicas of the houses that people in the Forest Hill Cemetery once lived in.
A few tombs use the natural assets of the cemetery to create some really interesting memorials.
One popular memorial is the lovely "Boy in the Boat" sculpture. It is a headstone for a young child.
Protected from the elements by a glass case, the sculpture is in perfect condition.
This headstone for a young boy makes it easy to imagine the pain and heartbreak of those left behind.
Children's graves are unfortunately in abundance at Forest Hill, especially in the older sections of the cemetery.
These headstones shaped like tiny beds are an especially heartbreaking sight.
The cemetery also features a beautiful pond, complete with fountains.
Though you can't swim here, the sound of the water is almost equally refreshing.
There are a few seating areas around the pond where you can curl up with a good book, or watch the sun play on the water.
It might strike you as odd to spend an hour or two relaxing in a graveyard, but this place is a truly restful place for both the living and the dead.
Many of the headstones are deeply personal, and reflect the personalities of those buried beneath.
This dog tombstone is so lifelike, you'd almost expect it to bark as you approach.
Of course, if you're looking for classic cemetery architecture and design, Forest Hill has that in spades.
The white marble and granite of many tombs provides a striking contrast to the fiery colors of autumn foliage.
All in all, this place is more than just a dreary graveyard: it's a stunningly peaceful place to reflect and explore.
Forest Hill is the perfect combination of eerie and beautiful. If you’re looking for somewhere a bit more spooky,
check out this Massachusetts house that is so haunted, visitors have to sign a waiver in order to enter.