Woodland Cemetery Park Tours

June 2, 2021 @ 6:30PM — December 12, 2021 @ 8:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Enjoy a guided walking tour in Woodland Cemetery

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Members of First Baptist Church of Dayton at Woodland Cemetery
Did you know that there is a section at Woodland for members of the First Baptist Church of Dayton? This section is the resting place of many of Dayton’s most prominent citizens including generations of the Barney Family, the Thresher Family, the Crawford Family and many more. This tour will take you on a journey of this special section and members of the First Baptist Church of Dayton and will include visiting the gravesites of Rev. Dr. Henry Colby, Thomas B. Fordham and Col. Edward A. Deeds. Rev. Dr. Kent Berghuis, current pastor at First Baptist will be guiding this tour.


Historic Tour

Founded in 1841, Woodland is one of the oldest rural cemeteries in the United States. Visit the final resting place of the Wright Brothers, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Erma Bombeck, James Ritty, the Stanley Family, the Mead Family, George Newcom and many other famous and infamous Daytonians.

Meet at the Eichelberger Plaza at the main gates of the cemetery. Parking is available both inside and outside the gates. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle if needed. Tours will launch rain or shine, except in the event of thunder or lightning.

Women of Woodland Tour

Meet some of Dayton’s most interesting and exciting women in history. You’ll hear about homemaker turned author, Erma Bombeck; madam and real estate owner, Lib Hedges; a visionary for the physically handicapped and disabled, Anna Barney Gorman; Queen of the Gypsies, Matilda Stanley; librarian innovator, Electra C. Doren; Dayton historical author, Charlotte Reeve Conover; rodeo rider, Marquerite Doane; famous actress and woman scorned, Mrs. Leslie Carter and many, many more.

Meet at the Eichelberger Plaza at the main gates of the cemetery. Parking is available both inside and outside the gates. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle if needed. Tours will launch rain or shine, except in the event of thunder or lightning.

Cemetery Symbols Tour

Have you ever wandered through a cemetery and wondered about the meanings of the designs carved on old gravestones? Thousands of different religious and secular symbols and emblems have adorned tombstones through the ages, indicating attitudes towards death and the hereafter, membership in a fraternal or social organization, or an individual’s trade, occupation or even ethnic identity. While many of these tombstone symbols have fairly simple interpretations, it is not always easy to determine their meaning and significance. We were not present when these symbols were carved into the stone and can’t claim to know our ancestors’ intentions. They may have included a particular symbol for no other reason than because they thought it was pretty.

Meet at the Eichelberger Plaza at the main gates of the cemetery. Parking is available both inside and outside the gates. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle if needed. Tours will launch rain or shine, except in the event of thunder or lightning.