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Forest Lawn Announces Expanded Season of Sunday In The Cemetery Tours

Posted June 2nd, 2011 5:04pm

 Buffalo, NY - Do you know what air conditioning, the electric chair, the grain elevator and the BarcaLounger all have in common? The individuals who invented them are all interred at Forest Lawn, along with many other well-known men and women, including President Millard Fillmore, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and musician Rick James. When you take one of Forest Lawn’s famous Sunday In The Cemetery walking or trolley tours, you’ll hear the fascinating stories of the people, art, history and nature that make up this 269-acre jewel, located at 1411 Delaware Avenue in the heart of downtown Buffalo. And you’ll meet a few of our famous permanent residents along the way!

            Forest Lawn is pleased to announce the 15th season of our popular Sunday In The Cemetery tours. This year, we are particularly excited to announce we are offering tours EVERY Sunday through October 30 (except July 3).  More good news: prices for these entertaining and informative 1.5-hour tours remain the same as last year: $15 for the walking tour and $25 for the
air-conditioned trolley tour. 
            “Every year, these tours sell out quickly, and we always have demand for more, so this year we decided to expand our season and offer tours every Sunday,” says Sandy Starks, Interpretive Program Director for Forest Lawn. “Taking a tour through beautiful Forest Lawn is the perfect way to spend a Sunday; not only will you learn a lot about local, regional and national history, but you’ll also enjoy our beautiful and natural surroundings, including Forest Lawn’s wildlife.”
This year, in addition to our standard history tours, Forest Lawn is also pleased to offer:

            Civil War trolley tours
           Sunday, June 26 and Sunday, August 21
            1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Our Civil War tour is led by Edward Fitzsimmons (portrayed by re-enactor Henry Pogodzinski), who served as a hospital steward for the 155th New York during the Civil War.  Enjoy a leisurely1.5 hour tour on our comfortable, air-conditioned trolley as you visit the graves of such notable Civil War personalities as William Hengerer; General Bennett Riley; Maria Maltby Love; Cadmus Wilcox and Laura Bissell, all of whom you’ll meet along the way.  Mr. Fitzsimmons will also point out the graves and talk about other key Civil War veterans.  There are more than 2,000 Civil War veterans buried at Forest Lawn, including 11 generals and seven Medal of Honor recipients. Cost is $25 per person.
            Women’s History tours
            Sunday, July 10 and Sunday, September 11
            12:00 p.m. walking tour; 3:30 p.m. trolley tour
Learn about artists, writers, architects, scientists, doctors, social activists and others who made a difference not only to society in Buffalo but on a national and international level. Both motor coach and walking tours are available this year for this educational experience that celebrates the women of yesterday and today. Cost is $15 per person for the walking tour; $25 per person for the trolley tour.
Behind-the-scenes trolley tour
Sunday, July 17  3:30 p.m.

See and learn a little more on this very special behind-the-scenes tour conducted by Forest Lawn President Joseph P. Dispenza than you would on our standard history tours, including viewing the inside of two private mausoleums. After the tour, join us for a wine and cheese reception in our historic cemetery chapel. Cost is $50 per person.
Sunday In The Cemetery

           Reservations are required for both walking and trolley tours, and tour dates sell out quickly. 
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Forest Lawn office at (716) 885.1600. The complete Sunday In The Cemetery tour schedule is available at

About Forest Lawn

            As one of the first rural cemeteries in the United States, Forest Lawn – located in downtown Buffalo, NY – is at the heart of Western New York’s cultural tourism renaissance. Its first interment took place in 1850; today there are more than 160,000 permanent residents in this 269-acre, non-denominational, non-sectarian, not-for-profit cemetery. Forest Lawn offers year-round guided tours, educational programming, flag retirement ceremonies for scouts, special veteran programming 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.
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