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Forest Lawn Cemetery


As one of the first deliberately designed and professionally landscaped rural cemeteries in the United States, Forest Lawn’s first interment took place in 1850. Today there are 162,000+ permanent residents in this 269-acre, not-for-profit cemetery serving all faiths. Listed on the State and National Registries of Historic Places, Forest Lawn is also at the heart of Western New York’s cultural tourism renaissance, each year playing host to thousands of visitors who come to enjoy its unmatched natural beauty, sculptural masterpieces (including the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Blue Sky Mausoleum), and living history. From a U.S. President and foreign royalty, to captains of industry, artists, inventors, and veterans from every U.S. conflict since the Revolutionary War, each of those who now rest in peace under Forest Lawn’s care has a story to be told through the expansive archives and genealogical resources of the Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center and through Forest Lawn’s award-winning tours, concerts, lectures and special events. Forest Lawn is also Buffalo Niagara’s largest arboretum. Designed in 1849 by noted cemetery landscape architects Adolph Strauch and Joseph Earnshaw, its 269 acres are filled with undulated landscape, abundant wildlife, and beautiful art and architecture.



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