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 '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.).
As you will see as you read through this website, or better yet, as you will see when you take one of the many tours Woodland offers free of charge, most of Dayton's aviation heroes, inventors and business barons are buried at Woodland. As a result, Woodland is an important part of both the ''Aviation Trail'' and the ''National Aviation Heritage Area'' (NAHA). Additionally, Woodland's 105 acres of Victorian monuments and award winning ''curvilinear'' hills and valleys are listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, US Department of Interior.
Having said all that, it is important to note that Woodland is still a very active operating cemetery, serving over 1600 burial and cremation families annually. That Woodland is ''full'' is a myth. While there are currently over 107,000 burials memorialized at Woodland, sufficient undeveloped land is available to accommodate more than 50,000 more burials. That equates to more than another 100 years of remaining active operation. Thereafter, Woodland is endowed permanently as a historic site, passive cemetery and green area/park open to all who seek serenity, beauty, history, and human heritage. Woodland's majesty washes over thousands of visitors annually. We're very proud of her. You will be too.