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. Arrange to visit Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum and other attractions in Dayton using our Dayton tour itinerary planning app .
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  • I was visiting Dayton, OH and decided to take a walk through the local cemetery which turned into a super interesting walk through history. There are many notable burials here which include The...  more »
  • I love trees and Dayton history. This has it all. The staff is great. As it is pretty big? stop at the office and get a free map. People think that cemeteries are haunted. NOT TRUE! The spirits are...  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.
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