Murder, Mayhem, and
Madness Cemetery Tour
It’s time once again for Friends of Forest Home Cemetery’s popular cemetery walking tour, “Murder, Mayhem, and Madness”. This second annual fall tour will feature all-new accounts of individuals who died under unusual and sometimes mysterious circumstances. Friends’ own Elizabeth Hern has been busy researching, and has discovered many enticing stories. Mr. Chris Hunter, a.k.a. “Undertaker Hunter”, will be your tour guide, reciting the intriguing obituaries of the forsaken citizens who departed this life in various peculiar ways.
The tour will be held on Saturday, October 24, at 4:00 p.m. at the historic Forest Home Cemetery. Tickets will be available at the start of the tour: Adults - $6.00, Children 13 and under - $3.00. Please note that due to the sensitive nature of this tour, including graphic details about accidents, murders, and suicide, this tour may not be suitable for children under 13 years of age.
Plan to enjoy the autumn beauty at the historic cemetery while attending this entertaining and informative tour. All proceeds will be used by Friends of Forest Home Cemetery to fund ongoing restoration and preservation projects at the cemetery.
Thanks to the community support, both of individuals and local business, we have reached our goal to fully fund the restoration of the Old Section of Forest Home Cemetery. The team of conservators arrived today (Saturday, June 13th) and have started the restoration process.
This project is fully funded.
A professional conservator, Carter’s Cemetery Preservation, has been contracted to repair, reset, clean, and straighten the fragile gravestones; all moved there more than a century ago from the old Veterans Park cemetery. The majority of these stones are broken, sunken, dirty, and in some cases, inscriptions are illegible.
These gravestones represent the only remaining memory of Greenville's earliest settlers. The oldest recorded stone is from 1851. At this point in time, these gravestones can certainly be considered abandoned, with no known descendants.
FOREST HOME CEMETERY
GREENVILLE'S FORGOTTEN TREASURE
Tuesday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m.
Friends of Forest Home Cemetery will be presenting a program loaded with interesting stories and photos of the development of the cemetery and various individuals buried there.
Included will be accounts of a Greenville school teacher murdered by Indians, the first land owner in present-day Greenville (no, not
John Green!), a Civil War soldier present at the capture of Jefferson Davis, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, the father of a famous pioneer aviator, an early Baldwin Lake resort developer, and many more.
The event will be held at Flat River Community Library, 200 W. Judd St. in Greenville. There is no charge for this program. We hope to see you there!
May 2nd 2:00 - 4:00
Bring a rake, shovel, trimmer, etc.,
or just show up and we will find a
project for you.
|Murder, Meyhem, & Madness TOUR
October 25, 2014
June 21 (Saturday) 12:00 - 2:00
May 25th (Sunday) 10:00 - 4:00
Friends of Forest Home Cemetery will again be hosting “Memory Day” and invite you to join them to improve the condition of the grounds, whether the plots are of family members, friends, or the section where many Civil War veterans are buried. Volunteers are asked to meet May 25 at 10 a. m. at the cemetery. Bring your own leaf rakes, trimmers, brooms, etc.
Fundraiser - February 6th,
Thanks to all of you who supported the
fundraiser and the kick-off of the
"Adopt a Civil War Veteran" project.
You made the event a success!
Also, our thanks to our hosts, the
Greenville Big Boy & their great staff!
| Memory Day - September 30th
Memory Day - 1st Semi-Annual - Information
|| Welcome to the Friends of Forest Home Cemetery website! Last October marked the first anniversary of the establishment of this non-profit, volunteer organization. During the past year some of the group’s accomplishments have included:
A self-guided tour of Forest Home Cemetery was prepared and is available for visitors to pick up at the entrance of the grounds, or to view and print from this website.
Last June, Friends volunteers cleaned and beautified the Babyland Section in the far back of the cemetery. Decorative additions to the area include a concrete bench, a trellis, and a birdbath, as well as many new plantings.
We conducted three guided walking tours this past year. During Danish Festival tours were held highlighting Greenville’s Danish immigrant merchants and businessmen. September’s tour gave attendees a history of fraternal organizations and some of their local members. The theme for the October tour was “Murder, Mayhem, & Mystery!” featuring tales of unusual deaths. Thank you to everyone who supported these events!
The Adopt-A-Civil War Veteran program has resulted in thirteen soldiers’ headstones on the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Section being straightened and cleaned by volunteers.
Last July, Friends of Forest Home Cemetery received status as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. This means that your contributions to Friends from October 2013 and forward are deductible on your income tax.
With the 501(c)(3) designation, Friends is now eligible to apply for grants. In fact, last October, Friends was awarded a $7,000 grant from Greenville Area Community Foundation for the professional restoration of the “Old Section” of Forest Home Cemetery, where tombstones of some of the earliest settlers are located.
I hope you will consider making a contribution to help support future events and projects as we work to preserve and improve the grounds, as well as cultivate the cemetery as a community resource.
Be sure to watch this site for updates on upcoming events, fundraisers, and projects. Anyone wanting to learn more about our group is encouraged to call
Paula Christiansen at 616-894-9922.