Established in 1841, Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio is one of the oldest institutions in the rural cemetery movement. It’s interesting to compare it to Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, or to its similarly named counterpart in Quincy, Illinois.
It is sited on some downright rugged terrain, creating a dramatic setting with deep gorges and sweeping vistas from atop its hills and valleys.
The light filters down through tall trees, creating long shadows.
There is an impressive centrally symmetric mausoleum, with four Ionic order porticos.
Down at the northern end of the cemetery is this building, which is cinder-blocked up and sitting unused. I am wondering if this was the receiving tomb, where bodies were kept in the winter before they could be buried when the ground was ready.
But there seems to be too many windows for that. There was definitely an old entrance here, and it might have simply been a caretaker’s house.
Old cobblestone or brick roads ascend the steep grades up from the building.
Neighborhoods sit right up next to the cemetery across the street.