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Nestled amidst serene landscapes and rich with history, Forest Lawn Cemetery is more than just a final resting place, it's a sanctuary of remembrance and reflection. As one of the first deliberately designed and professionally landscaped rural cemeteries in the United States, Forest Lawn is at the heart of Western New York’s cultural tourism renaissance. Its first interment took place in 1850; tod

ay there are 162,000+ permanent residents in this 269-acre, nonsectarian, not-for-profit cemetery. Forest Lawn offers year-round guided tours, educational programming, an annual flag retirement ceremony, special veteran programming; it is truly a destination for art, history, genealogy 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.

If you joined our "Crime and Catastrophe Tour" last fall, you might recognize this name. On this day in 1898, Alfred P. ...
06/11/2024

If you joined our "Crime and Catastrophe Tour" last fall, you might recognize this name. On this day in 1898, Alfred P. Southwick passed away. Southwick, a dentist from Buffalo, conducted experiments with electric currents that ultimately resulted in the invention of the electric chair. He is buried in Section 31, Lot 21.

Learn more about our Famous Residents on our website: https://forest-lawn.com/famous-residents/

Today, we remember Margaret L. Wendt, who passed away on this day in 1972. Margaret was the daughter of William and Mary...
06/09/2024

Today, we remember Margaret L. Wendt, who passed away on this day in 1972. Margaret was the daughter of William and Mary Gies Wendt. Her father, William, along with his brother Henry, founded the Buffalo Forge Company in the heart of Buffalo's German neighborhood, aiming to attract German workers. Their industrial endeavors later expanded to include Wendt Aircraft in the early to mid-1900s.

Margaret graduated from Buffalo Seminary in 1903, and later managed the family farm near Lockport, NY. In 1957, she established the Margaret Wendt Foundation, which continues to support charities and public-service organizations in Western New York. The Forest Lawn Archive and Resource Center at 1990 Main Street is named in her honor. Margaret and her family are interred in Section 31, Lot 36.

Learn more about Margaret on the Legends on the Lawn Trolley Tour. Tickets available at https://forest-lawn.com/event/legends-on-the-lawn-trolley-tour-9/



Photo credit: Buffaloah.com

Today, we honor the legacy of the D-Day landings along the Normandy coast during World War II by highlighting Lt. Colone...
06/06/2024

Today, we honor the legacy of the D-Day landings along the Normandy coast during World War II by highlighting Lt. Colonel Dr. Victor Cohen and Captain Gerald Gemmer, both of whom rest within our gates.

Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Victor Cohen, volunteered and served in the United States Army for five years, eventually achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As part of the 23rd General Hospital Unit, he was one of the first medical specialists to arrive at Normandy's beach following the D-Day invasion, where he assessed soldiers' injuries and determined their necessary treatments. He passed away on March 16, 1992 and is interred in Section FF, Lot 138.

Captain Gerald Gemmer, enlisted during World War II in the 209th Anti-Aircraft Battalion and later joined the 101st Airborne Division. A founding member of the elite Darby’s Rangers, he served as a glider pilot and paratrooper, achieving the rank of Captain. Captain Gemmer saw action in Europe, participating in the D-Day invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and the liberation of Dachau, Belgium, and Berchtesgaden. His bravery earned him several medals, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star with oak leaf clusters, and the Croix de Guerre, awarded by General George S. Patton in the presence of General Dwight Eisenhower. He passed on February 21, 1993, and is interred in Section 33 1/2, Lot 84.

Today, we honor the legacy of Donald R. Armstrong, who passed on this day in 2013. A distinguished Buffalo Police Office...
06/05/2024

Today, we honor the legacy of Donald R. Armstrong, who passed on this day in 2013. A distinguished Buffalo Police Officer, he was the first African American in the department to be awarded the prestigious William J. Connors Gold Medal, the highest commendation for exceptional bravery.

After graduating from Lafayette High School, Armstrong served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater. He received the American Theater Medal, Victory Medal, and Asiatic Pacific Medal. Before retiring in 1984, he achieved the rank of Detective Sergeant.

Donald and his wife Dorothy are interred in Section 33, Lot 636.

Discover more inspirational African American stories on our African American Ancestral Trolley Tour. Limited tickets available, get yours now before it sells out: https://forest-lawn.com/event/african-american-ancestral-trolley-tour/

Tune in to WCNY Tuesday, June 4 at 9:30pm and meet our CEO, Julie Snyder.
05/31/2024

Tune in to WCNY Tuesday, June 4 at 9:30pm and meet our CEO, Julie Snyder.

We are excited to introduce Behind the Woman with Juhanna Rogers season 5 cast member, Julie Snyder, CEO of Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY.

Tune in this Tuesday, June 4 at 9:30 p.m. to learn more about Julie's journey and how she is helping others create their own legacies.

Learn more at www.wcny.org/behindthewoman.

This morning, we held our annual Memorial Day ceremony in our Field of Valor with the Erie County American Legion. We sa...
05/27/2024

This morning, we held our annual Memorial Day ceremony in our Field of Valor with the Erie County American Legion. We salute all veterans and military families today, and everyday. 🇺🇸

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this special (albeit rainy) event.

As we go into the Holiday Weekend, please join us as we remember, honor, and salute all of our veterans:Saturday, May 25...
05/24/2024

As we go into the Holiday Weekend, please join us as we remember, honor, and salute all of our veterans:

Saturday, May 25, 2024
* 9:30am at Lakeside Cemetery, with the Hamburg Township VFW Post 1419 and Cub Scout Pack 592

Monday, May 27, 2024
* 9:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn, with the Erie County American Legion Ceremony, inside the Main and Delavan entrance
* 1:00 p.m. at Williamsville Cemetery, with the Town of Amherst Veteran's Committee.

All cemetery offices will be closed on Monday, May 27th.

On this day in 1891, the Fakir of Ava passed. Isaiah Harris Hughes captivated American audiences by involving them in hi...
05/24/2024

On this day in 1891, the Fakir of Ava passed. Isaiah Harris Hughes captivated American audiences by involving them in his evolving magic tricks as "Fakir of Ava". Known for illusions like reassembling pocket watches and turning paper shavings into coffee, he drew large crowds and charged high admission. Unlike later magicians, he avoided dark themes, focusing on deception. Hughes became wealthy, indulging in properties and exotic birds. He pioneered "gift shows," offering prizes to engage audiences and generate buzz. His influence extended to future magicians like Harry Kellar. He is interred in Section 7, Lot 33.

Learn more about our famous residents on a tour of our grounds, tickets available at https://forest-lawn.com/events/.

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Did you know that in ancient times, the iris flower was associated with the Greek goddess Iris, the messenger of God and...
05/21/2024

Did you know that in ancient times, the iris flower was associated with the Greek goddess Iris, the messenger of God and the link between earth and heaven? There are a few Iris patches throughout the grounds. Now is the perfect time to explore.

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Pops of color are popping up around the grounds! If you are interested in setting up a graveside tribute, our Remembranc...
05/20/2024

Pops of color are popping up around the grounds!

If you are interested in setting up a graveside tribute, our Remembrance Packages are placed three times a year. Call us today for more information (716) 885-1600.

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Henry P. Burgard passed away on this day in 1933. He was a contractor renowned for his philanthropy and significant cont...
05/17/2024

Henry P. Burgard passed away on this day in 1933. He was a contractor renowned for his philanthropy and significant contributions to infrastructure. He generously donated the land for what is now Burgard High School, formerly known as City High School. Additionally, Burgard played a pivotal role in constructing the Barge canal linking Oswego to Fulton, NY, and spearheaded the construction of the inaugural highway under the new Highway Act. He is interred in Section 9, Lot 348.

Learn more about notable Buffalonians on one of our tours. Tickets can be purchased via www.forest-lawn.com/tours.

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05/16/2024

Please be advised that all offices of the Forest Lawn Group will be closed today, Thursday, May 16th, until 9:30am.

May 14, 2022. We remember the victims today and honor their memories forever.
05/14/2024

May 14, 2022. We remember the victims today and honor their memories forever.

On this Mother's Day, we cherish the enduring love that transcends earthly bounds. To all mothers, present and forever r...
05/12/2024

On this Mother's Day, we cherish the enduring love that transcends earthly bounds. To all mothers, present and forever remembered, your legacy of love lives on in our hearts. Wishing peace and comfort to all who find solace within these grounds.

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Our Lakeside Cemetery, located in Hamburg, New York, is inviting families to stop into the office today (5/10) and tomor...
05/10/2024

Our Lakeside Cemetery, located in Hamburg, New York, is inviting families to stop into the office today (5/10) and tomorrow (5/11) for a complimentary Mother's Day flower. 💜

The office is open today until 4:30pm and tomorrow, from 8:30-12:30pm.

Located: 4810 Camp Rd
Hamburg, NY 14075

On this day in 1956, Harriet McNulty passed. She was the wife of James McNulty, who was President of Pratt & Lambert Pai...
05/10/2024

On this day in 1956, Harriet McNulty passed. She was the wife of James McNulty, who was President of Pratt & Lambert Paint Company. Originating in Buffalo, NY in 1849, Pratt & Lambert created a drying agent for linseed oil paint. By 1905, it was listed on the American Stock Exchange. Expanding its offerings, the company began manufacturing exterior and interior paints and varnishes in 1920.

Mrs. McNulty was deeply involved in civic organizations, serving as president of the Women's Board of Millard Fillmore Hospital and participating actively in Westminster Presbyterian Church. She also held a trustee position at the First Church of Evans, near her summer home.

After her husband's passing in 1926, Harriet McNulty maintained memberships at prestigious clubs like the 20th Century Club and the Country Club of Buffalo. However, her most remarkable achievement was breaking barriers by joining Pratt & Lambert's board, a rarity for women at the time. She held this position for 23 years, marking a significant milestone in corporate gender inclusion.

The McNulty Family is interred in section H, Lot 196.

Schedule a your visit to our beautiful grounds. Visit our website for maps, tour information and more history: Forest-lawn.com.

Did you know that May is Cemetery Appreciation Month? We are looking forward to spotlighting different aspects of our hi...
05/08/2024

Did you know that May is Cemetery Appreciation Month? We are looking forward to spotlighting different aspects of our history, operations and people this month! For example, on this day in 1911, the Committee on Cemetery Grounds reported that they have purchased an automobile, a Cartercar, at a cost of $1,440.00. This was considered a high-end vehicle during this time!

Check out some more of our stories on our website: https://forest-lawn.com/about/history/. Come home to Forest Lawn.

On this day in 1888, Edwin Gilbert passed. Gilbert was a maltster by trade as well as a grain merchant. He selected an E...
05/07/2024

On this day in 1888, Edwin Gilbert passed. Gilbert was a maltster by trade as well as a grain merchant. He selected an Egyptian Sphinx for his family monument. The Sphinx was a favorite funerary monument since it represents immortality. It also guarded the tombs of notable Egyptians who had entered the hereafter. Legend has it, Gilbert used his own visage for the Sphinx!

Edwin Gilbert is interred in Section 8, Lot 178.

Learn more about our Famous Residents on one of our tours at www.forest-lawn.com/events.

05/03/2024

UPDATE: The gate at Delaware and Delavan is back open.

ATTENTION: The Delaware and Delavan gate will be closed this morning, Friday, May 3rd, as the fence gets painted. Please...
05/03/2024

ATTENTION: The Delaware and Delavan gate will be closed this morning, Friday, May 3rd, as the fence gets painted. Please enter and exit from the Main street entrances, at Main and Delavan, or Main and Jefferson.

If you have any questions, call us at 716-885-1600 and we can help guide your way!

On this day in 1890, Lewis Falley Allen passed. Allen made significant contributions to The Buffalo City Cemetery from 1...
05/02/2024

On this day in 1890, Lewis Falley Allen passed. Allen made significant contributions to The Buffalo City Cemetery from 1864 to 1890 as one of its original trustees. He also held the position of Vice President from 1886 to 1890. Allen's influence extended beyond cemetery affairs; he authored numerous books on livestock and farm architecture. The Allentown district in Buffalo, named after him, was situated where his farm once stood. Notably, he was the nephew, by marriage, of President Grover Cleveland, having married Margaret Cleveland, the niece of the president.

Allen is interred in Section 5, Lot 7.

Learn more about our famous residents on one of our tours. Tickets available at forest-lawn.com/events.

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05/01/2024
What a difference a week makes! From blossoms to foliage, nature’s transition is a sight to behold. Plan your visit toda...
04/29/2024

What a difference a week makes! From blossoms to foliage, nature’s transition is a sight to behold. Plan your visit today! Check out the link in our bio to set up an appointment or book a tour.

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Thank you, WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo, for the feature on our Arboretum status.
04/29/2024

Thank you, WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo, for the feature on our Arboretum status.

Forest Lawn Cemetery to restore canopy

On this day in history in 1909, Henry Farwell passed. He was a prominent Funeral Director in Buffalo during the 19th cen...
04/27/2024

On this day in history in 1909, Henry Farwell passed. He was a prominent Funeral Director in Buffalo during the 19th century. He was known for his role in organizing and overseeing various notable funeral services and ceremonies, including those for President Millard Fillmore and President Abraham Lincoln. Additionally, Farwell supervised significant interments, such as that of Red Jacket and other Seneca Chiefs. He also handled the burial arrangements for John Lay, the first public burial at Forest Lawn cemetery in Buffalo.

Henry is interred in Section D, Lot 101D, Space 11.

Learn more about our residents on a tour. Purchase tickets at forest-lawn.com/events/.

We have a big announcement coming tomorrow. Stay tuned for our Arbor Day news!
04/25/2024

We have a big announcement coming tomorrow. Stay tuned for our Arbor Day news!

Then and now: 1933 & 2024: The corner of Delaware and Delavan. Can you spot the railroad along Delaware Avenue?         ...
04/24/2024

Then and now: 1933 & 2024: The corner of Delaware and Delavan. Can you spot the railroad along Delaware Avenue?

The sound of lawnmowers has returned…. As well as the magnolia blooms. Have you visited? What are your favorite early Sp...
04/23/2024

The sound of lawnmowers has returned…. As well as the magnolia blooms. Have you visited? What are your favorite early Spring flowers?

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Today marks the anniversary of Julia Ditto Young's passing in 1915. Recognized as a poet in the 1870s, her collection "T...
04/19/2024

Today marks the anniversary of Julia Ditto Young's passing in 1915. Recognized as a poet in the 1870s, her collection "Thistle Down," published in 1893, propelled her to prominence. With gratitude to the The Library of Congress, we're honored to share one of Julia's poems, "A Stranger's Funeral."

Julia is buried in Section 26, Lot 319.

"Sweet April's buds and rains" are here, plan your visit today. Come home to Forest Lawn.

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1990 Main Street
Buffalo, NY
14208

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Monday 8am - 7pm
Tuesday 8am - 7pm
Wednesday 8am - 7pm
Thursday 8am - 7pm
Friday 8am - 7pm
Saturday 8am - 7pm
Sunday 8am - 7pm

Telephone

+17168851600

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https://cemeteriesofwny.com/

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