Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville

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About Forest Home Cemetery

The founding of Forest Home Cemetery dates back to September 1871 when Carpenter C. Merritt’s 3-year-old son, Vernie, succumbed to scarlet fever. Mr. Merritt chose a burial site atop the highest hill of a tract of property which he owned on the southern edge of town, overlooking three lakes. Inspired by the parcel’s undulating terrain and beautiful vistas, he set out on a tour of the eastern states’ most elegant cemeteries to gather ideas for the development of his land. Upon his return, Mr. Merritt laid out burial plots and created walkways and drives throughout the cemetery.   Forest Home Cemetery is believed to be patterned after Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York.