Group photo of Woodland Cemetery volunteers dressed as notable people buried there.

Historic cemetery sets Discover Woodland Days

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Discover Woodland Days on Oct. 4 will give visitors to historic Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum a chance to meet the famous—and infamous—people who have made Woodland their final resting place.

This encounter with Dayton’s history will come thanks to character reenactments by volunteer actors. During the two-hour stroll through the cemetery and arboretum, visitors might meet John Van Cleve, who established the cemetery in 1841, or Wilbur and Orville Wright, the brothers who invented the airplane.

With the help of the Oakwood Historical Society, visitors will reconnect with several favorites of nearby Oakwood, including Harry Schenck, famous local architect, and Joseph Green, who gave us one of America’s favorite crackers—Cheez-Its!

Walking tours are scheduled to begin at noon, 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. The tours are free and open to the public. Woodland is located at 118 Woodland Ave. 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. most of Dayton’s aviation heroes, inventors and business barons rest at Woodland. As a result, Woodland is an Aviation Trail site and a NAHA partner. 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.

Historic cemetery sets Discover Woodland Days
118 Woodland Avenue, Dayton, OH 45409