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“Beautiful Cemetery”

Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum
Ranked #8 of 64 things to do in Dayton
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

This is an old cemetery where you can pay your respects at the graves of Paul L. Dunbar, The Wright Brothers (and sister and parents) and Erma Bombeck. It has a lot of character and exudes peace.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

So it might sound morbid, but this cemetary is the most beautiful cemetary I have ever been to. It is so old and the architecture is astoundingly beautiful. It is a massive place with hills.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Wright Brothers, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Erma Lazarus are among the famous Daytonians buried here. Here are humble graves of these three famous Americans, and the huge (and somewhat gaudy) mausoleums of the Dayton Rich Society. Anyone from the Dayton area will see names of famous and familiar Dayton streets, businesses, and landmarks written on tombstones.

The other cemetery I have visited is Arlington National Cemetery. Woodland doesn't have an unknown soldier, JFK's eternal flame, or Robert E. Lee's former mansion like Arlington has, but it has a charm and serenity all its own.

Our 8 year-old grandson, who is an avid airplane enthusiast, enjoyed seeing his favorite inventor's graves. The Wright brothers are in a humble family plot, in which you see his parents' and other family members graves there, too.

Take an awesome "arial" look of Dayton from atop this high hill on which Woodland cemetery is built, then stop by nearby Esther Price Candies for a chocolate treat afterward.

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

no trip to dayton is complete without a visit to woodlawn.lots of beautiful,strange headstones.etc.the view is probably the best in the city.not to mention the wright brothers are there among lots of important people.

Thank tristarr
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

I live near Woodland Cemetery and I have often walked through it. It's potentially a lovely place, and the graves of many famous people--the Wright Brothers, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Erma Lazarus--are there. But the impressive historical and arboreal features are compromised by a sad lack of attention and upkeep.

As an arboretum, Woodland's inner grounds are very nice. Visitors will find a good mix of mature trees and architectural features. The major attractions are perhaps underwhelming--the grave site of Paul Laurence Dunbar is so modest that it's easy to miss--but history buffs will probably be satisfied by the experience.

The downside, for me, is that the cemetery's management seems blind to some serious maintenance problems and to basic decorum. Many of the grave markers in older sections of the cemetery are falling down and, in some cases, damaged. Trees that line Wyoming Avenue to the north of the cemetary--which Woodland is supposed to be responsible for--are diseased, some of them completely hollow and full of litter that the locals have carelessly tossed in. I cannot imagine how management or maintenance can pass by leaning headstones and slipped supports and never think to straighten them up or center them properly. Isn't there a moral obligation to the deceased, even if their families no longer remember them?

Management also seems to take actions to resolve problems based on expediency rather than good sense. One afternoon I was greeted by loudly barking sheep dogs and their handler who whistled loudly; they had been hired to chase waterfowl away from one of the lakes--while I appreciate the need to keep the duck and geese population in check, a cemetery is no place for that sort of racket. On another occasion, they'd locked their eastern gate--hoping to discourage University of Dayton students who were using them as a short cut and speeding through. This meant that anyone who wanted to follow the Aviation Trail through Dayton ran into a locked gate. Moreover, they're seemingly too lazy to ever unlock the pedestrian parts of their gates, so anyone on foot must walk out into the traffic lane to get in or out.

Walkers should also be very careful about their opening and closing time. Be through the gate well before the posted closing time or you may find yourself locked in.

Tourists with a yen for history will certainly want to spend some time in Woodland Cemetery, as well at at Carillon Park and Huffman Prairie and the historical tributes in west Dayton. But Woodland could do much, much more to honor its mission as a cemetery and as a historical site.

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