Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum, Dayton

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Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum (200 acres), located at 118 Woodland Avenue, Dayton, Ohio, is one of the oldest garden cemeteries in the United States.

Woodland was incorporated in 1842 by John Whitten Van Cleve, the first male child born in Dayton. He was the son of Benjamin Van Cleve and Mary Whitten Van Cleve. The cemetery began with 40 acres (160,000 m2) southeast of Dayton and has been enlarged to its present size of 200 acres (0.81 km2). Over 3,000 trees and 165 specimens of native Midwestern trees and woody plants grace the rolling hills. Many of the trees are more than a century old and 9 have been designated "Ohio Champions." The highest point in Dayton is within the cemetery, and during the Great Dayton Flood of 1913, it became a place of refuge.

The Romanesque gateway, chapel and office, completed in 1889, are on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings were constructed of the stone from the original cemetery wall. The chapel has one of the finest original Tiffany windows in the country. A mausoleum, with a rock and bronze exterior, features twenty-two varieties of imported marble and twelve large stained glass windows inspired by famous literary works. It was added in 1970. The oldest original 105-acre section of the cemetery, known as "Victorian," received a second designation as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

A receiving vault large enough to contain 12 crypts was built in 1847 by Joseph Wuichert, who was said to be Dayton's premier stonemason. Throughout the 19th century it was used for temporary storage when burials were delayed due to bad weather or for other reasons (for example, refer to the article below on Levi and Matilda Stanley). Located near the main entrance to the cemetery and across from the mausoleum, it is constructed of giant limestone slabs and was designed as a replica of the Egyptian-style temple of Thebes and Karnak. It was unused for nearly 100 years but the exterior was restored in 2008 to its original condition.
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  • Love the peacefulness of this place. Well maintained, and a lot too see. Wonderful view at the lookout!  more »
  • We truly enjoyed driving through the Woodland Cemetery. Walk or drive, there are a lot of old, unique grave stones and monuments to see and lots of old trees providing plenty of shade. While we...  more »
  • This site is full of a lot of my family members. All of the stones contain a lot of family history. The on-line cemetery listing is very helpful for the genealogy buffs.  more »
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  • I used to cringe when I thought of someone hanging in the cemetery, other than to say goodbye to their loved ones. but I found out recently that cemeteries are a great place to sit relax, release, relate and chill, reflect on your life and things to come! Woodland Cemetery helps you do just that it has a great view of the downtown Dayton area, beautiful landscape, beautiful trees, water and of course the obvious, the Tombstones! They're beautiful they were designed in a manner to Captivate and to keep you in tune with this land for years to come! it's incredible here! Visit when you can!
  • Beautiful historic cemetery. The Wright Brothers, Erma Bombeck, and numerous old Dayton families. And there's a great pavilion at the top for a view of the city.
  • 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 .
  • Great place to check out the best view of downtown Dayton, as well as pay your respects to those who are forever resting in peace (some famous and some not).

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