Monday, October 5, 2015

Cemetery Tours Not to be Missed at Forest Home

October and cemeteries just go together and that's why I'm excited to give you a couple reasons to get into one of my absolute favorite places- Forest Home Cemetery.  This is full of a wide variety of trees and plants- more diverse than any place in the region.  You're going to see lots of color in the next week or so.  It is also home to anyone who was someone back in the early days of Milwaukee- mayors, businessmen, beer barons.  You can take a self guided tour, but if you're lucky to get on to one of the guided tours during October, you should be thrilled!
The Blatz family grave

A beautiful bridge in fall

Brew City Safari has walking tours year round.  Check out the website for a complete listing of what's to come.  You need to be somewhat fit for these tours.  October 17 they will be hiking Forest Home Cemetery.  This one is considered a beginner tour at 3 miles long and goes from 1PM - 4 PM.  A donation of 2 canned/packaged food goods is requested.  If you enjoy tales and/or photography, you're going to get plenty of both with this tour.  You can join at the event on Facebook called Brew City Safari; Forest Home Cemetery Tour.

Historic Milwaukee Inc. is offering a Halloween tour on October 30 at 5 PM.  This event will definitely sell out and there is no waiting list.  Be prepared to book online October 8 at 9 AM.  This link is for the tour page, but on the date, expect an additional live link to sign up.  Bob Giese is the tour guide.  I've been on tours with him and he just knows everything there is to know about anyone buried there...and then some.  I'm certain this one won't be as strenuous as the Brew City Safari hike, but the terrain is uneven and rolling so a pair of comfortable shoes is a must and I'd dress in layers.

If you're not able to make these tours, go anyway.  Just pick a day when the sun is shining and look at the fall colors.  You won't even need to get out of the car if you don't want to.  Download a map at the cemetery website to find out where people are buried if you like.

Since you're in the neighborhood, also make a stop at St. Luke's Hospital, 2900 W. Oklahoma.  Take the patient elevators to the 9th floor and get off at the Healing Garden.  You will get the best view of Milwaukee and the Menomonee Valley from up here.  There's even a viewer to see things a bit closer.  You can park in the parking garage, but I usually park across the street at Leon's Custard...well, you know why.  It's open 11 am-midnight every day.  Just eat your custard before you go upstairs.  No food or drinks allowed.
View in fall at sunrise from the Healing Garden

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