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Downtown Destinations: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum not only has some of the most famous Daytonians buried there but is a beautiful natural area with the best view of downtown Dayton. Woodland Cemetery is a unique place as it is one of our countries five oldest rural garden cemeteries. In it's 200 acres it is home to over 3,000 trees and 165 specimens of native Midwestern plants. Woodland Cemetery was founded in 1841 and it's gateway, chapel & office buildings were built in the Romanesque style that are on the National Register of Historic Places. The chapel boasts an original Tiffany window that is spectacular to see. By stopping in the office you can pick up a self guided compact disk walking tour kit to take you through the cemetery to visit the graves of Wilbur & Orville Wright, poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, writer Erma Bombeck, and more. Make sure you go all the way to Lookout Point which is the highest point in Dayton to get an amazing view of the city. A visit to Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum takes you on a beautiful walk through the Midwestern landscape and the grave sites of the people that called Dayton home.

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum is located at 118 Woodland Ave. Dayton, 45409. For more information and special events visit their website at

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