Woodlawn Cemetery (Toledo)

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Snow covered pyramid gravesite of John Gunckel at Woodlawn Cemetery
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Copper bust atop General James Steedman Gravesite at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Detail of Nettleton gravesite at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Detail of Nettleton gravesite at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Detail of Tiedtke mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Detail of John Elstner Gunckel gravesite at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Detail of tree at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Civil War section at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Birch trees at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Detail of Ritter mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Vines growing up wall of chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Detail of Cook gravesite at Woodlawn Cemetery
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--Toledo, Ohio

Location Name:  Woodlawn Cemetery (Toledo, Ohio)

Location Type:  Cemetery

Year Opened:  1876

History:  

Woodlawn was founded in 1876 in what was then the western outskirts of Toledo. A child of the rural cemetery movement, Woodlawn was built in response to the problems of smaller urban cemeteries. Often overgrown, overcrowded and numerous, urban cemeteries stood in the way of redevelopment, and posed health risks to the living. Woodlawn was built as an attractive rural park with careful architectural planning and landscaping. The cemetery was made to serve the dead as a place of burial as well as the living as a place of beauty, recreation and remembrance.

As the city expanded around Woodlawn, it still retained its historic charm. Despite no longer being a rural cemetery, it is still a peaceful island of serenity, separated from the busy city outside its fences.

As Toledo’s most prestigious burial ground, Woodlawn is home to the gravesites of many notable people. Here is a brief list of some of Woodlawn’s famous ‘residents’:

  • James Mitchell Ashley (U.S. Representative from Ohio 1859-1869)
  • Thomas William Ludlow Ashley (U.S. Representative from Ohio 1955-1981)
  • Walter Folger Brown (U.S. Postmaster General 1929-1932)
  • Adrian ‘Addie’ Joss (Baseball Hall of Famer)
  • Henry Frazier Reams (U.S. Representative from Ohio 1951-1955)
  • Byron Foster Ritchie (U.S. Representative from Ohio 1893-1895)
  • General Isaac Ruth Sherwood (U.S. Representative from Ohio 1873-1875, 1907-1921, 1923-1925)
  • James Harding Southard (U.S. Representative from Ohio 1895-1907)
  • Robert A. Stranahan (Founder of Champion Spark Plug)
  • Morrison Remick Waite (Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1874-1888)

Woodlawn Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Click here to visit Woodlawn Cemetery’s website.

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