DAYTON, OH - Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, the City of Dayton Department of Planning & Community Development and the Ohio History Connection are proud to announce the placement of an Ohio Historical Marker honoring Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum is one of the nation’s oldest rural garden cemeteries. Founded in 1841, Woodland Cemetery is a unique cultural, botanical, educational and recreational resource for the city of Dayton, the state of Ohio and the nation.
Marker dedication will commence at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 2, 2017 at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum located at 118 Woodland Avenue in Dayton. Scheduled speakers include Sean O’Regan, President and CEO of Woodland Cemetery, Rachel Bankowitz, Preservation Planner, City of Dayton Department of Planning & Community Development, Stephen Wright great-grandnephew of Orville and Wilbur Wright, Frances McGee Cromartie, daughter of James H. McGee, and Rev. Dr. Judith Norvell, great-great granddaughter of Jordan Anderson. Also present will be area dignitaries, former employees and family members of residents resting peacefully at Woodland. A reception with refreshments will immediately follow the dedication.
The Ohio Historical Marker program encompasses over 1500 unique markers that tell the state’s history as written by its communities. Markers are erected by local community sponsors in partnership with the Ohio History Connection and describe the people, places, things, and events in Ohio’s past.
It is intended through the placement of the marker at Woodland that it will be a continual aid in helping visitors become aware of the men and women who made it great in Dayton and who are resting peacefully within its grounds.
ABOUT WOODLAND CEMETERY AND ARBORETUM Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum sits in the heart of downtown Dayton on over 200 verdant acres of rolling hills with over 3000 tress on the property. This historic cemetery, founded in 1841, welcomes thousands of visitors who tour the grounds each year to visit the grave sites of inventors of powered flight, Wilbur and Orville Wright; poet Paul Laurence Dunbar; Governor James M. Cox; Matilda and Levi Stanley, Queen and King of the Gypsies; writer Erma Bombeck; inventor Charles F. Kettering; and entrepreneurs John H. Patterson (NCR); George P. Huffman (Huffy Bicycles); and George Mead (Mead Paper Co.).