Woodmere Cemetery (Detroit)

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<br>Detail of Davey gravesite at Woodmere Cemetery
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<br>Detail of C. H. Haberkorn gravesite at Woodmere Cemetery
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<br>Landscape of Woodmere Cemetery
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<br>Detail of Amberg gravesite at Woodmere Cemetery
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<br>Detail of Leopold Freud mausoleum at Woodmere Cemetery
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<br>Detail of tympanum of Scripps mausoleum at Woodmere Cemetery
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<br>Grave markers with Scripps mausoleum in the distance at Woodmere Cemetery in Winter<br>
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<br>Grave markers at Woodmere Cemetery in Winter<br>
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<br>Grave markers at Woodmere Cemetery in Winter<br>
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Location Name:  Woodmere Cemetery (Detroit, Michigan)

Location Type:  Cemetery

Year Opened:  1867

History:  

Woodmere Cemetery was founded in 1867 in what was then the outskirts of the growing city of Detroit. The 240-acre cemetery is a fine example of the urban cemetery movement that took place in the late 1800s. Cemeteries like Woodmere were created on the fringe of town and landscaped into a park-like setting. Spacious, well-manicured and full of nature, these cemeteries became the place where most notable and wealthy citizens chose to be buried. The collection of massive and eye-catching grave markers and mausoleums attest to the wealth of those that lie beneath Woodmere. A tour through the cemetery allows one to enjoy the beauty of the landscape and the architecture that surrounds them.

As one of Detroit’s most prestigious burial grounds, Woodmere is home to the gravesites of many notable people. Here is a brief list of Woodmere’s famous ‘residents’:

  • John Judson Bagley (Governor of Michigan, 1873-1877)
  • David Dunbar Buick (Automotive pioneer, Founder of Buick Motor Company)
  • Hamilton Carhartt (Merchant, Founder of Hamilton Carhartt and Company-now Carhartt, Inc.)
  • Moses Whelock Field (U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1873-1875)
  • Levi Thomas Griffin (U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1893-1895)
  • Henry Martyn Leland (Automotive pioneer, Founder of Cadillac Automobile Company and Lincoln Motor Company)
  • Benjamin Siegel (Merchant, Founded B. Siegel and Company)
  • James Edmund Scripps (Publisher, Founded The Evening News -now The Detroit News)
  • Edward Donald Slovik (Last U. S. Soldier to be executed for desertion)
  • James Vernor, Sr. (Invented Vernor’s Ginger Ale)
  • Victims of the Ford Hunger March (Victims of ill-fated labor demonstration)
  • David Whitney, Jr. (Lumber baron)

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