Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum, Dayton

4.6
#2 of 9 in Parks in Dayton
Founded in 1841, Woodland Cemetery is one of the nation’s five oldest rural/garden cemeteries and a unique cultural, botanical and educational resource in the heart of Dayton, Ohio.

Over 3,000 trees and 165 specimens of native Midwestern woody plants grace the Arboretum’s 200 verdant acres of rolling hills. Many of the trees are more than a century old and 9 have been designated "Ohio Champions" by the Ohio Forestry Association.

The Romanesque gateway, chapel, and office, completed in 1889 are on the National Register of Historic Places with the chapel featuring one of the finest original Tiffany windows in the country. The Woodland Mausoleum adds a modern touch to this historic site while featuring 12 beautiful stained glass windows depicting woodland themes from literature and a magnificent rendition of Handel’s “The Messiah.”

Thousands tour the grounds each year to visit the gravesites of Wilbur and Orville Wright, poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, Matilda and Levi Stanley, Queen and King of the Gypsies; Governor James Cox, writer Erma Bombeck, Jeraldyne Blunden, founder of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; inventor Charles F. Kettering and entrepreneurs John H. Patterson (NCR), George P. Huffman (Huffy Bicycles), George Mead (Mead Paper), and Preserved Smith (Barney & Smith Mfg. Co.).

Though rich with history, Woodland Cemetery continues to perform over 600 interments a year and recently began a comprehensive Pre-Planning program to supplement the area’s widest array of interment and memorial package options.
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  • In town for a few days and brought a friend who's husband is buried her for a visit. Perfect weather for walking around and looking at the views of Dayton and the resting places of the Wright Brothers...  more »
  • Very well maintained- many distinguished past Daytonians buried there. Very impressive Mausoleum. Excellent location  more »
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  • I've known of this cemetery since a little girl. My mother would always play in the. Cemetery growing up. This is where she decided to lay her resting body. I couldn't be more happy and great ful for her. The staff was amazing and very patient with are family during our time of grievance. Very nice and helpful. It's a beautiful cemetery and I've always felt welcomed. My mother is now apart of the cemetery and I could not have picked better one than she did. Thank you woodland for everything you have done, it's greatly appreciated.
  • Excellent views of Dayton Ohio downtown meticulously maintained facility .

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