One of the joys of living in JP is taking walks in Forest Hills Cemetery and discovering something new. While many residents visit the graves of the famous — perhaps most notably poet e.e. cummings — the cemetery also honors the forgotten. For instance, there's a plot for the Home for Aged Couples. It was founded in 1884 to care and provide housing for poor married couples. The campus, now operated by Rogerson Homes, still stands at Columbus and Walnut avenues.
Fireman's Lot, Forest Hills, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Credit: Richard Heath
Forest Hills Cemetery, where the snow stays white and there are no arguments over space savers, remains a refuge during this historic winter. Someone even cleared a path to the Fireman's Lot, where most recently Firefighter Michael Kennedy was laid to rest. If you’d like to visit to pay your respects, the Fireman’s Lot is on a bee-line between the Walk Hill Street gate and Lake Hibiscus. It’s marked by the letter “Q” on this map ( PDF.)
Okay, non-birders can zone out for this post. But if you love birds, get ready to squee! The blog at Mass Audubon reports a rare black-backed woodpecker has been busy in Forest Hills Cemetery. What's more, Shawn Carey took high-quality video. Take a look.
#deepthoughts #jamaicaplain #foresthillscementary #VSCOcam A photo posted by Cee Please (@esaelqplease) on Jan 4, 2015 at 1:08pm PST
This dream-like view of the lake in the middle of Forest Hills Cemetery comes from the eye of Instagrammer Cee Please. Each weekday we post an image from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":
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Boston Police said it appears two people found dead in Forest Hills Cemetery were victims of overdoses. Police said two bodies were found in Forest Hills Cemetery about 11 a.m. Friday. Police Officer Rachel McGuire said she did not have a gender or other identifying information. Boston Emergency Services sent in the medical examiner when they arrived at the scene, a parking area within the large cemetery, according to spokesperson McKenzie Ridings. She did not say exactly where the bodies were found.