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Laid out in 1848 as a rural garden cemetery by Henry A. S. Dearborn, Forest Hills Cemetery celebrates its 160th anniversary in 2008 as Boston's premier arboretum cemetery. Since the mid-19th century, its 250 magnificent acres have been the resting place of people of all walks of life, ethnicities, religions, and races. Among these are poets Anne Sexton and E. E. Cummings, playwright Eugene O'Neill, and abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. Forest Hills's landscape is a museum of sculpture, art, and monuments that chronicles the Victorian age to the present. The first crematorium in New England was here, and prominent Bostonian suffragette Lucy Stone was the first person to be cremated at Forest Hills in 1893. An active cemetery and an all-embracing place, Forest Hills offers a bucolic and picturesque setting for the "gathering of generations" and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
About the Author
Anthony Mitchell Sammarco is the author of more than 50 books for Arcadia Publishing. He is a trustee of the Forest Hills Educational Trust and teaches at the Urban College of Boston.
Table of Contents
1 Dearborn's Vision 9
2 Horticultural Marvel 17
3 The Buildings 29
4 Aristocrats and Politicians 41
5 Activists, Authors, and Educators 67
6 Philanthropists, Financiers, and Manufacturers 85
7 The 20th Century 111
8 Forest Hills Educational Trust 117