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The James M. Cox Foundation Donates $1 Million to Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum’s Historic Chapel Restoration and Preservation Project

DAYTON, OH –Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum announced that it has received a $1 million challenge grant from the James M. Cox Foundation. The grant is part of the organization’s capital campaign, which is raising funds for the restoration and preservation of three historic structures on the cemetery property. These 130-year old structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the cemetery, itself, is listed as a National Historic District by the U. S. Department of the Interior.

“We were more than thrilled when The James M. Cox Foundation offered us a challenge grant of $1 million toward our capital campaign,” said Tony Huffman, board member and campaign chair of Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. “It was a unique opportunity and one that we were so happy to have received. This generous lead gift will allow us to begin, immediately, the process of restoration and preservation of the historic Woodland Chapel, Gates and Administration Building that were built in 1887.

“Within six months, we exceeded the $1 million goal for matching, meeting the challenge terms of the grant” said Huffman.

The Cemetery board approved a multi-phase capital campaign; phase one is for $3.5 million and will ensure the complete restoration and preservation of the historic Chapel, front gates and administration building. The Chapel houses a one-of-a-kind Tiffany hand-cut tiled floor, seventeen Tiffany windows and painted Tiffany frescoes on the walls. The Chapel also has original woodwork cut and installed by the Barney and Smith Car Company from Dayton.

Sean O’Regan, president and CEO of Woodland, said, “Phase two of the capital campaign will allow the Cemetery to honor its commitment to preserve and promote the treasures and heritage of Woodland via an endowment for perpetual maintenance and care of 10 historical buildings on site.”

The James M. Cox Foundation has ties to Woodland Cemetery as the namesake of the Foundation is buried there. James M. Cox, three-term Governor of Ohio and 1920 Democratic candidate for President, is located just steps from other Dayton notables such as Col. Edward A. Deeds, Loren M. Berry, John H. Patterson, Charles F. Kettering and the Wright Brothers.

Cox Enterprises was founded in Dayton in 1898 when James M. Cox purchased the Dayton Evening News (now the Dayton Daily News). Through Cox Media Group, the company also operates WHIO Ch. 7, WHIO Radio News, 95.7 and AM 2910, K99.1 FM (WHKO) and 95.3 The Eagle (WZLR) in Dayton.

“Woodland Cemetery and its unique grounds are historically significant for Dayton,” said Rob Rohr, Cox Media Group Ohio’s market vice president. “Woodland is a place where we can celebrate the lives of people who made their mark on our community. The James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Media Group Ohio are proud to join other members of the community to protect and invest in Woodland Cemetery.”

“Woodland is such a unique place in Dayton,” said O’Regan, a transplant from Boston, “here you can enter a beautiful and serene environment in the heart of downtown, take a walk among a vibrant and long-established arboretum, explore an outdoor museum and learn the history of the men and women who invented many of today’s most modern innovations: powered flight, the electric car starter, the cash register and let’s not forget Cheez-its.”

The Woodland Arboretum Foundation continues to seek donations from the community and the families of those resting peacefully at Woodland Cemetery. “We are confident that the Dayton community will come together to save these important historic buildings that grace the entrance of our 175-year-old cemetery,” said Huffman.

More information about the cemetery and the campaign to restore the historic buildings and how to give your support for the project can be found at Woodland’s website at

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 trees 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; Matilda and Levi Stanley, Queen and King of the Gypsies; writer Erma Bombeck; Gov. James M. Cox; inventor Charles F. Kettering; and entrepreneurs John H. Patterson (NCR); George P. Huffman (Huffy Bicycles); and George Mead (Mead Paper Co.).

About The James M. Cox Foundation
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas, including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.

For further information please contact: Angie Hoschouer, Woodland Arboretum Foundation,; and/or Elizabeth Olmstead, James M. Cox Foundation,

September 12, 2017


Continuing Education for Nurses and Social Workers at Woodland Cemetery


Woodland Cemetery will be hosting the 2nd Continuing Education program for Nurses and Social workers. On Tuesday, August 29th at 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in their Mausoleum, located near the front gates of Woodland Ave.

The topic will be "Understanding Alzheimer's Disease": to educate caregivers, both personal and professional, on Alzheimer's disease. Discussing the diagnosing process, risk factors, warning signs, stages, symptoms, behavioral changes and communication challenges for persons with Alzheimer's disease.

​Email or call (937-228-3221) to RSVP.

August 16, 2017


The 4th of July in Dayton at Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum


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July 7, 2017


Free concert at Arlington Memorial Gardens on Sunday, June 11


Arlington Memorial Gardens begins its Second Sunday Summer Concert Series on Sunday, June 11th at 7 pm with 2nd Wind, which bills itself as the "ultimate jazz and R&B experience." If you're a fan of classic Motown and old and new school rhythm and blues music, you are invited to join us on under the stars for a great night of entertainment.

All Second Sunday concerts are free to the public and are held on Arlington's South Lawn next to Arlington Lake. Seating is available, but you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs. Please arrive early for the best parking.

For more information on 2nd Wind and future Second Sunday concerts later this summer, please click here.

June 9, 2017


Woodland Cemetery offers pre-construction discount on new niche spaces at Lookout Tower


DAYTON, OH (May 30, 2017) – Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum will complete a second phase of columbarium niches at Lookout Tower by the fall of 2017 and a pre-construction discount will be offered until June 30, 2017. The current Lookout Tower is a replica of the tower featured in the March 8, 1899 edition of The Dayton Daily News article about Woodland. Perched on the highest elevation in Dayton, it served as both a beacon and watch tower for the entire valley during the 1800s and early 1900s. The replica tower, dedicated in 2010, once again serves as a Dayton landmark.

“The Lookout Tower is a beautiful, scenic, and peaceful location to be memorialized and a spot for reflection by visitors,” said Sean O’Regan, president and CEO of Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum.

Woodland has been a leader in offering cremation and cremation memorialization options in the Miami Valley. Woodland installed its first cremation retort in its Community Mausoleum in 1970 and added a second chamber in later years due to rising consumer preference for cremation. Woodland offered its first outdoor columbarium in 1982 in section 309 known as “Soaring Spirits.” By 2010, the new Lookout Tower was completed and offered 150 niches comprising of single, side by side companion and singe front double depth niches.

Woodland’s state of the art Lookout Columbarium, overlooking the Miami Valley and the cityscape, with a historic tower that can be seen for miles is the perfect form of memorialization for residents who love the city, the outdoors, the history of Dayton and Woodland itself. It’s a place where lives can be honored and where lives can be lived. It speaks to the heart of Dayton’s innovative history, and will for centuries to come.

Additionally, Woodland offers a more natural setting for those environmentally conscious souls at our Fountain Cremation Garden. This in-ground scattering garden is located in section 122 near the Woodland pond. It is a functioning water fountain surrounded by beautiful plantings, providing a scenic and simple natural burial site for cremations.

And Woodland still has available niches in the Mausoleum that offers year-round visitation in a comfortable and peaceful environment with a variety of glass and marble fronted niches. Here, perpetual maintenance is assured in this beautiful, climate controlled environment.

For more information about the new Lookout Tower Columbarium, the Fountain Cremation Garden or the niches in the Mausoleum, contact Woodland Cemetery at 937-228-3221 or

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.).

May 31, 2017


Field of Memories Opens at Arlington Memorial Gardens


The Field of Memories opens on Wednesday, May 24 but there is still time to purchase a flag to honor a special veteran in your family. The net proceeds from the flags will be donated to the Ramp It Up For Veterans Campaign, a non-profit organization that pays for and installs wheelchair/mobility ramps for disabled Veterans.

Arlington has a number of Memorial Day week events planned around the introduction of the Field of Memories this year. These include a free concert, a patriotic skydiving performance, and a fireworks display with 800 flags in the Field of Memories as a backdrop.

Here is our complete schedule of events and activities:

Wednesday, May 24, 9 am - 7 pm
Field of Memories opens to the public.
Thursday, May 25, 9 am - 7 pm
Field of Memories open to the public
7 pm: Eyes of Freedom exhibit arrival escorted by Ohio Patriot Guard Riders.
Friday, May 26, 9 am - 10 pm
Field of Memories open to the public
Eyes of Freedom Exhibit open to the public
7 pm: Professional Parachute Performance by Team Fastrax
7:30 pm - 9 pm: Forever Diamond Concert
9:30 pm: Fireworks Display featuring Yokum Fireworks
Evening until 10 pm: Field of Memories Nighttime viewing hours/Photo Opportunity
Saturday, May 27: 9 am - 7 pm
Field of Memories Open to the Public
Eye of Freedom Exhibit Open to the Public
Sunday, May 28: 9 am - 7 pm
Field of Memories Open to the Public
Eye of Freedom Exhibit Open to the Public
11:30 am: Lunch with a Veteran
12:30 pm: Flag Raising Ceremony
Following Flag Raising: Patriotic Concert by Fillmore Philharmonic Brass Band
Monday, May 29 Memorial Day: 9 am - 7 pm
Field of Memories Open to the Public
Eye of Freedom Exhibit Open to the Public
Tuesday, May 30: 9 am - 7 pm
Field of Memories Open to the Public
Wednesday, May 31: 9 am - 7 pm
Field of Memories Open to the Public

Please call 513-521-7003 to volunteer or for more information - or click here to purchase a flag.

May 22, 2017


Google Treks Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum


Google launches interactive street view images of Dayton trails and landscapes including Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

DAYTON, OH (May 5, 2017) — Google has incorporated 360-degree virtual imagery of hundreds of miles of the Dayton area’s trails and park destinations into its Google Maps. Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum contributed to this effort by coordinating with spearheading partners, Five Rivers MetroParks, Outdoor Adventure Connection and Dayton Hikers, in order to capture the nine-plus miles of roads, walking paths and scenic views at Woodland Cemetery. This collaborative effort enabled volunteers to capture more than 600 miles of hiking, equestrian, mountain bike, water and paved trails. The panoramic street view imagery of regional trails provides outdoor recreation enthusiasts with interactive visual resources to plan and inspire adventures. People across the world now have the ability to virtually explore many of the region’s trails and landscapes.

“This tool, provided by Google, will enhance the visitor experience to the cemetery,” said Sean O’Regan, president and CEO for Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. “People from all over the world will be able to visit the gravesites of Wilbur and Orville Wright, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Erma Bombeck, Governor James M. Cox, Charles Kettering and John H. Patterson.”

Users can access the images by visiting Captured areas include:

● Publicly accessible trails and open spaces in Five Rivers MetroParks’ 18 park destinations

● MetroParks’ Woodman Fen, Dull Woods and Medlar conservation areas

● Regional parks, including Bill Yeck Park, Grant Park, and Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

● The nation’s largest paved trail network including more than 20 regional paved trails such as the Great Miami River Trail, Stillwater River Trail, Mad River Trail .

● The Great Miami River Watershed National Water Trail through Montgomery County

● Mad River Run and RiverScape River Run

“The project not only shows how beautiful and timeless Woodland is,” O’Regan said, “but our unique status as an outdoor museum and a conservator of Dayton’s history and its influential descendants.”

Professional photographers, travelers, organizations and those who wish to promote areas of cultural, historical or touristic significance may apply to participate in the Google Street View camera loan program. A Street View Trekker backpack or a Street View app-compatible 360 camera is provided to organizations so they may capture comprehensive imagery of a designated area or site.

Similar to the camera unit affixed to vehicles that capture Google’s Street View images along roads, the Street View Trekker backpack has 15 cameras that capture images about every two seconds. Volunteers from Five Rivers MetroParks and Dayton Hikers collected the images during summer 2016.

The Street View Trekker backpack was mounted on a kayak to capture rivers and lakes, and on a utility cart to record images of the nation’s largest paved trail network, with more than 300 miles of connected trails. In addition, volunteers Jim Lewis, Laney Ketring, Dan Murray and Andy Niekamp wore the 50-pound Street View Trekker backpack to capture 80 miles of the area’s hiking trails.

Data collected from the Street View Trekker backpack and detailed information about each “trekking” session was sent to Google upon the project’s completion. Google has been processing the images since then to incorporate them into Google Maps.

The launch of this locally collected data comes just before the International Trails Symposium, May 7 to 10. Hosted in Dayton and sponsored by American Trails, the biennial International Trail Symposium is the premier opportunity for the world’s trails community to convene for educational sessions, networking and to experience regional trails.

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.).

May 22, 2017


Ferncliff Cemetery Billboard

Ferncliff Cemetery Billboard

April, 2017


Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum Adds to Cemetery Upcoming Events

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum added its February to May schedule to Cemetery Upcoming Events.

February, 2017


Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum Announces Name Change of its Funeral Homes

CINCINNATI – Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum announces today that it is changing the name of its funeral subsidiary from Gwen Mooney to Spring Grove Funeral Homes. The name change reflects Spring Grove’s commitment to providing the full spectrum of end-of-life services.

“Spring Grove has always been known as one of the finest cemeteries in the United States. We have been actively investing in funeral homes for over 15 years. The new name will help consumers understand our commitment to provide Cincinnati families with the complete range of services including preplanning, funerals, cremation, burial, memorialization and aftercare”, said President and CEO Gary Freytag.

The new name is effective immediately, and will encompass the Spring Grove Funeral Homes adjacent to Spring Grove Cemetery (main), Tri County, Hyde Park (Elden Good), and Clifton (Miller) locations. The funeral home formerly known as Schaeffer Busby and the Spring Grove Cremation Society (www.springgrove are also included. Oak Hill Cemetery in Tri County will continue to be operated by Spring Grove but will retain its name for the time being.

“We are very excited by the name change”, said Theresa Correa Spring Grove Funeral Homes Managing Funeral Director. “Our new name is more reflective of the team of committed professionals who have provided exceptional, caring service for years. We are the only funeral company that can put the breadth of the resources of our entire organization behind each family we serve.”

The Spring Grove name has been part of the Greater Cincinnati community for nearly two centuries. “Our vision for Spring Grove is to become the preferred leader for all end-of-life services for our community,” emphasizes Freytag. “We continue to innovate and evolve to meet the changing needs of families. The funeral home name change, and the accompanying services, more clearly defines who we are, and is the next step in further investment and growth.”

January, 2017


Ultimate 1000 Lift Increases Productivity at Ferncliff Crematory

December 2016 – Springfield, OH – Ferncliff Cemetery, Arboretum & Crematory announces the installation of the Ultimate 1000 Lift™, manufactured by Mortuary Lift Co. Ferncliff, which added cremation services to its 153-year-old organization in 2012, is experiencing dual benefits from the addition: increased efficiency as well as injury prevention among its staff. “We should have installed the lift six months ago,” comments Stan Spitler, Superintendent at Ferncliff, who quickly recognized the advantages of the Ultimate 1000. “In just a month, it has simplified the loading of cremation cases into the retort, making the process not only physically easier but also faster, safer and more efficient.”

The safety of its employees was a key consideration in choosing the Mortuary Lift Co. product. “Our work is physical and strenuous, often requiring several employees. Now, lifting even an oversized case can be done simply by one person.” Spitler points out the convenience of the remote control function, the ease of removing a case from a casket directly into a cremation container or retort and the practical benefit of the lift’s ability to handle up to 1,000 pounds.

Katie Hill, CEO of Mortuary Lift Co., appreciates Spitler’s positive feedback, but the comments are not new to her. Her company’s lifts and track systems have been custom-engineered to meet the evolving needs of the death-care industry for more than 50 years. "The flexibility in this machine allows it to adapt to every situation. We've seen it transition from being a body lift to a casket lift to a retort lift and now to an alkaline hydrolysis lift. It's been really wonderful to be able to help in all of these situations."

Her company recognizes that as demand for cremation rises, cremation costs become more competitive. “Because of the narrowing cremation profits, crematories have started adjusting their work flow to reduce costs. They've seen the value in purchasing our Ultimate 1000 Lift to streamline the process, eliminate injury and reduce payroll.”

“Mortuary Lift makes an outstanding product,” says Spitler. “And they are a great company to work with.”

Contact: Charlie Kanet, president
Kanet Advertising
(513) 476-5858

December 2, 2016


Ferncliff Cemetery Renovating Historic Home, Providing Indoor Niches

Springfield, Ohio’s Ferncliff Cemetery, Arboretum and Crematory recently began renovation of its historic Superintendent’s House, circa 1890, converting the distinguished structure into the House of Reflections. In its new role, the building will contain 368 glass-fronted indoor niches where family and friends of loved ones can privately reflect in comfortable, updated, tranquil surroundings.

The attractive niches will all have beveled glass, LED lighting as well as the opportunity to include a photo of the loved one and optional niche vases. Six sizes and configurations will be available to meet a wide range of needs, from 12” x 12” to as large as 24” x 24”, many accommodating two urns. “Making niches available in what will be a beautifully restored building is an extension of our commitment to meet the interests of the community,” said Ferncliff Supervisor Stanley Spitler. “These interests are clearly revealed in the increasing utilization of our crematory, installed in 2012.”

The House of Reflections will provide private, environmentally controlled conditions, along with comfortable furniture and soothing music, all to enhance the spirit of meditation. Convenient parking will be available. “The House of Reflections allows family and friends to visit at their leisure and reflect in private, unlike when cremated remains are kept in someone’s home,” noted Spitler.

In transforming the Superintendent’s House, Ferncliff is committed to maintaining the character of the original house while updating the infrastructure and adding up-to-date conveniences and décor. The exterior will be restored, including new windows and a slate roof to replicate the original. Some of the interior changes include new flooring throughout and renovated restrooms.

Installation of the indoor niches is only one of the recent additions to Ferncliff, which has been a focal point of the Springfield community for more than 150 years. In 2014, in commemoration of its sesquicentennial, the organization dedicated the Ferncliff Cemetery War Memorial

representing nine significant U.S. military conflicts, from the War of 1812 to the War on Terror. In 2012, Ferncliff began onsite cremations, as a response to the significant rise in cremation as a form of final disposition.

The project is expected to be completed near the end of 2017. Information for pre-orders and pre-planning is currently available.

October 4, 2016


Ferncliff Cemetery, Arboretum & Crematory

July 15, 2016


Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum - Fountain Garden


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Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum is pleased to announce the restoration of a recently rediscovered fountain that had been filled in and planted over during the past 50 years. This restored fountain is the center piece of an in-ground cremation scattering garden called Fountain Garden. Families will have the option of placing the cremated remains of a loved one in the earth of a working garden and have a beautiful spot to visit and reflect upon those that have passed before us. (Text taken from Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum post.)

May 25, 2016


Dayton Memorial Park - Preplanning


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April 5, 2016


Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum

January 7, 2016


Ferncliff Cemetery, Arboretum & Crematory Thank You

November 4, 2015



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