Forest Lawn

Forest Lawn, Buffalo

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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As one of the first rural cemeteries in the United States, Forest Lawn – located in Buffalo, NY – is at the heart of Western New York’s cultural tourism renaissance. Its first interment took place in 1849; today there are more than 161,000 permanent residents in this 269-acre, non-denominational, non-sectarian, not-for-profit cemetery. Forest Lawn offers year-round guided tours on various themes and subjects, educational programming,special veteran programming and so much more. Forest Lawn is the only local full-service cemetery for traditional and cremation arrangements listed on the State and National Registries of Historic Places.
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UKTurkeyTrotter
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Wonderful calm place.
Oct. 2021
We were here to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's memorial. It's easy to find, go in the gate turn right and after a short walk it's on the left. Simple, uncluttered timeless style, I'm sure he would have approved.
Written 29 October 2021
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JeffBreedlove
Atlanta, GA4,160 contributions
President Millard Fillmore
Jul. 2021 • Family
We visited the gravesite of President Millard Fillmore. This is a wonderful cemetery with beautiful monuments throughout.

A pleasant and quite place

Go enjoy
Written 23 October 2021
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Richard E
Elkins, WV647 contributions
One gigantic sculpture Garden
Oct. 2021
I have been to several sprawling Victorian Cemeteries in the eastern part of our country, but Forest Lawn seemed like the largest yet. I visited on a rainy day. My friend suggested driving slowly through the grounds and stopping when I saw a monument that interested me. Like the proverbial child in a candy shop, I saw so many wonderful monuments that I wanted to photograph that I kept walking further and further into the grounds while my friend just parked and wondered when I would return to the car. The most impressive monument was the Blocher Mausoleum with it's four life size marble figures which was within the first area inside the entrance way. There are several other graves marked with life size or larger figures. There is an extensive section devoted to war dead from various American wars. There were several mausoleums and towering statues for a variety of groups such as firemen and members of the Elks. Unfortunately for me, it started raining again. So I was left to scan the site from our car. I'm not one who is as much interested in who is memorialized as to the work of art that marks their grave. Every direction I looked I saw something that attracted my attention. I do hope that I can return to this Garden of the Dead with its numerous sculptures sometime in the future.
Written 14 October 2021
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HOTTUB_JOHNNY
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BLOCHER & BLUE SKY MAUSOLEUMS-WORTH THE VISIT
Oct. 2021
The Blocher Mausoleum is amazing. Read about it before you go to enjoy it more. Also the Blue Sky Mausoleum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is just around the corner. As well as President Millard Fillmore's final resting place. I wish we would have had more time to walk around and admire the great statuary and mausoleums.
Written 12 October 2021
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Linda B
Raleigh, NC2,203 contributions
Historic Cemetery
Oct. 2021
A beautiful cemetery with lots of history and the final resting spot for many notable people. I wish I could have taken a tour and would recommend it if you have the time.
Written 10 October 2021
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,197 contributions
A beautiful and historic cemetery
Sep. 2021
Forest Lawn is a well-maintained cemetery that includes famous memorials, "residents" and even wildlife. The memorial is an unusual mausoleum designed by Frank Llyod Wright with tombstones positioned horizontally on steps leading to a pond. The famous people who are buried here include President Millard Fillmore. There is a stream and grassy area and as closing time approached, herds of deer and flocks of geese emerged to walk the paths.
Written 18 September 2021
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Lorraine H
Buffalo, NY6 contributions
Beautiful, Serene and Historic
Jun. 2021
This is one of the finest and best maintained cemetaries in the state. I highly recommend the two hour tour. The tour covers all of the prominent citizens of Buffalo who are interned here and provides a fascinating glimpse into the past. The grounds are beautiful and it is a serene and lovely place to visit.
Written 2 August 2021
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Dawn
Tonawanda, NY115 contributions
Beautiful Grounds with A Lot of History
Dec. 2020
There is so many animals in this cemetery park as well. I saw deer, groundhogs, geese, squirrels, and more. There is a memorial designed by Frank LLoyd Wright as well. They have tours and other events. I highly recommend this place for a peaceful walk and nature watchers.
Written 1 August 2021
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Bill K
Spencerport, NY1,315 contributions
Art, Nature and History at your local Cemetery
Jul. 2021
Despite being home to the Big Sky Mausoleum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this cemetery in the heart of Buffalo has a lot of history, unique art work and doubles as a nature preserve.

The cemetery has many famous people buried here including our 13th President, Millard Fillmore. Other famous people include businessman William Letchworth (had Glen Iris built which is cornerstone of Letchworth Park), Lewis Allen (uncle of President Grover Cleveland who is said to given spark to his career in politics and law), Lawrence Bell (founder of Bell Aircraft Corp), Irving Berlin's 1st wife Dorothy, Native American Ely Parker (President Grant made him 1st Commissioner of Indian Affairs), Dr Roswell Park (first surgeon to treat spinal bifida), Cyrus Lazelle Warner Eidlitz (designed One Time Square in NYC), civil rights pioneer Annie Singleton, America Pinckney Peter Williams (great grand daughter of Martha Washington and many more. The website give good directions to where can find the various famous graves.

The cemetery also contains numerous pieces of art along with 7 of the Bells of St. Joseph cathedral along with the iconic “Oishei Bell” which has been in place at Forest Lawn since 1975. These bells create the new “St. Joseph’s Carillon,” which is now rung each time a funeral. Along with the many unique and interestingly designed graves in the cemetery, many works of art by sculptures dot the landscape by the likes of Stanford White, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Harriet Frishmuth, E.B. Green, Richard Upjohn, N. Cantalamessa-Papotti, George Cary and Charles Cary Rumsey.

The beautiful grounds are also home to a nature preserve and I saw a lot of geese, ducks and 5 deer roaming around the area. The place also has guided tours and when Covid is licked, they will put the trolley tours back on the grounds.

The cemetery is really well kept and a beautiful place to experience history, nature and art.
Written 27 July 2021
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,500 contributions
Such an elegant cemetery
Sep. 2020
This was one of the most awe inspiring cemeteries I have visited. The grounds are absolutely amazing with monuments and tombstones that marvel at every turn. Tours were suspended when I went but you can get a map upon entering that helps in conjunction with the cemetery app, indicating where notable burials are such as President Fillmore, Rick James, and the Seneca Chief, Red Jacket.
Written 8 September 2020
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