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“Great place to visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum

Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum
118 Woodland Avenue, Dayton, OH 45409-2892
937.228.2581
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Ranked #13 of 81 things to do in Dayton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cincinnati, OH
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“Great place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

I recently took pictures at the cemetery hoping to send it to a photo contest (too late though) and found myself again discovering peace and quiet. This is a great place to visit if you're a history buff as there is a lot of history in this location. Good place if you want to have a good walking/running workout since it is hilly. Great gazebo with awesome view of Dayton skyline. If you need a quiet moment there are benches to sit and just contemplate.

Visited September 2013
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“I admit it, I run here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Obviously there are plenty of famous people's graves to visit here and the setting is gorgeous but you almost can't find a better place near downtown Dayton for a nice walk or run. The terrain is very hilly which makes for a nice workout and there is plenty of shade. The north and south sections are connected by a tunnel where just running the outermost perimeter gives you a challenging two mile run. You will not be alone here with many people strolling, walking their dogs or also running. It is interesting to read the headstones as you run by. One that always makes me think is one where he identifies himself as a Christian that lived in Palestine, Israel, and Dayton. I imagine he saw some interesting things living as a Christian in the Middle East in the 60/70/80s. This cemetery is full of interesting lives like that, not just famous people. They do offer free tours. The gates always open at 8am but close at different times depending on the season and which specific gate but the earliest is 5pm. Not sure about restrooms (might be in the mausoleum or offices) but they do have a couple water fountains in the cemetery.

Visited July 2013
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Dayton, Ohio
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“Photographer's gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I visited the cemetery as photography project. It has very good view of the Gem City's (Dayton) skyline. I came in winter after the leaves had fallen to capture a cold feeling to my photos.

After shooting it was interesting to see the who's who of Dayton and industry buried her. My plan is to return in the early fall to capture the fall colors.

Visited November 2012
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Dayton, Ohio
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“Woodland Cemetery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A unique cemetery. It has been a cemetery since the 1840's and
the grounds are covered in many species of trees, rolling hills,
and a small lake. From the highest point you can overlook the
city of Dayton. The stone bldg. at the entrance has original Tiffany stain glass windows. There are ornate monuments and
headstones including graves from the Civil War. Many famous
individuals are buried here including the writer Irma Bombeck and the Wright Brothers.

Visited May 2013
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Dayton, Ohio
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“History lesson in Dayton greatness”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Stop by the visitor center and opt for a guided tour. Many may find spending a day in the cemetery "creepy", but this one is so beautiful and full of history you almost forget where you are. It is very hilly, so be prepared for a workout. Daytonian greats are buried here like the Wright Brothers, poet laureate Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Erma Bombeck and many others. Try a hike in the fall.

Visited August 2012
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