Tour: Funerary Art & Symbolism

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Tour: Funerary Art & Symbolism

Uncover the stories hidden in the symbols on the stones

By Forest Home Historic Preservation Association

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, April 29 · 10 - 11:30am CDT


Forest Home Cemetery 2405 West Forest Home Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53215

Refund Policy

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

See and learn about some basic symbols and monument styles that have been used over the centuries to artfully express bereavement for loved ones. Who is the "mourning woman" found on many monuments? What does a pair of clasped hands or a laurel wreath symbolize? What is used to signify a life cut short? Once you understand these universal symbols, explore this and other cemeteries on your own – and get a leg up in the Forest Home Cemetery Bingo card! Pick one up in the main office or find it on our Facebook page.


This 1.5-mile walking tour moves at a brisk pace over uneven cemetery roads and grounds. Please wear comfortable footwear and watch your step! Our tour guides have a lot to share but are on a tight timeline, so please try to stick together.

This tour will run rain or shine and will only be canceled in the event of a dangerous weather event. Tickets are non-refundable.

Please arrive about 10 minutes before your tour. Meet under the canopy outside Halls of History (next to the main office inside the Lincoln Avenue entrance.

Parking is free and available throughout the cemetery; however, the spots in front of the office are reserved for cemetery business Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday. There is ample parking around the chapel, in front of and to the side of Halls of History.

After your tour, please take a moment to review us on TripAdvisor.

Proceeds from all tours and events help preserve and enhance the historical and natural elements of the cemetery.


Established in 1850, Forest Home Cemetery is Milwaukee’s oldest operating cemetery, open to all since its inception. Forest Home Cemetery is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is the finest example of a Victorian-era rural garden cemetery in the Upper Midwest.

In 2021, Forest Home became the city’s first accredited arboretum, Milwaukee’s largest green space with more 2,600 trees on nearly 200 acres.

Our 189 acres are open daily to the public. Leashed dogs, jogging, strollers and bicycles are welcome. Each year, we host public and private historical and nature-based tours and wellness events, birding opportunities, Doors Open, a Memorial Day event, a Dia de los Muertos 5K and festival and our new Spirits of the Silent City after-dark historical tours. Sign up for our newsletter on the website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram (use #foresthomecemetery) so you don’t miss any of our tours and events!

If you enjoy our beautiful space, stay for a while! Many burial options are available.

Forest Home Cemetery: Lots to do, lots available!

About the organizer

Open daily for self-guided tours and leisure activities.

Joggers, dog walkers, bicyclists and birders are all welcome. Unique public tours and events are offered throughout the year, with all proceeds benefiting the Forest Home Historic Preservation Association. Stay connected at