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Quality of Life
Woodland Historic Chapel Preservation
Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum is in the process of restoring and preserving the Chapel, Gateway and Administration Office. The project scope is to restore, stabilize, and prevent further deterioration of the structures including the stonework, clay-tile roofs, bronze custom gutters and 17 Tiffany stained glass windows within the Chapel. The Chapel contains a one-of-a-kind mosaic hand-cut tiled floor and hand-cut oak woodwork fabricated by local woodworkers in 1904.
Organization Details
Woodland Arboretum Foundation
118 Woodland Avenue
Dayton, Ohio. 45409
Organization Contact Details
Sean O'Regan
Woodland Arboretum Foundation
118 Woodland Avenue
Dayton, Ohio. 45409
Angie Hoschouer
Director of Development and Marketing
Woodland Arboretum Foundation
Location Details
Ohio 10th
Financial Details
James M. Cox Foundation 1000000
The Schiewetz Foundation, Inc. 350000
Berry Family Foundation 200000
Kettering Family Philanthropies 200000
The Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger
Foundation of The Dayton Foundation 150000
The Fred M. Luther Charitable Trust 100000
The Wright Brothers Family Foundation 50000
Harry A. Toulmin, Jr., and Virginia B.
Toulmin Fund of The Dayton Foundation 50000
John Lenz Charitable Fund
of The Dayton Foundation 45000
Mr. and Mrs. W. Anthony Huffman 45000
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Carpenter 35000
Bette J. Fleck Trust 35000
Heidelberg Distributing Company 35000
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Nevin 30000
Phil and Jean Wagner Family Fund
of The Dayton Foundation 30000
Ms. Allison Janney 25000
The Mary H. Kittredge Fund
of the Dayton Foundation 25000
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Laing, Jr. 20000
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pohl 20000
Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Berner 15000
Mrs. Harry Shaw III 15000
Mr. Sean O'Regan 15000
Jansing – Cook Foundation 15000
Bahl & Gaynor 15000
Bailey Cavalieri LLC 15000
Dave FitzSimmons 10000
Mr. Frederick W. Schantz 10000
Charles Simms 10000
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Gunlock 10000
Beverly W. Parker 10000
The Dayton Hydraulic Company 10000
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation 10000
Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust,
Fifth Third Bank, Trustee 7500
Judy D. McCormick 5000
Barbara Nichols O'Hara Charitable Fund
of the Dayton Foundation 5000
Brad Oelman 5000
Jefferson Patterson 5000
The Leland Foundation Inc. 5000
Mrs. Leon A. Whitney 5000
National Society Daughters of
the American Revolution 5000
Peter Buswinka and Chris Rolitsky 5000
Mrs. Tracey Bieser 5000
Phillip & Pamela Black Family Foundation 3000
William and Sonya Kasch 3000
The Spurlino Fund 3000
Requarth Lumber 2500
Ross Family Foundation 2500
All other gifts $2000 and under 108277
Construction or Capital
In December 2016, The James M. Cox Foundation offered to Woodland a Challenge Grant that if we could raise $1,000,000 they would grant us $1,000,000. In less than 6 months, we were able to raise the $1,000,000 and in return, received the $1,000,000 grant from the foundation thus laying the ground work for our fundraising efforts for the project. To date we have raised over $2.8 million dollars for this project.
Within the next 6-12 months
Our project is truly a special interest project for individuals or groups who are interested in historic preservation. We continually research grant opportunities which fund historic building restoration, historic preservation, arts and culture, public and society benefits, museum exhibitions, the development, preservation and maintenance of gardens, grounds improvements, and community and neighborhood improvements.
Community Details
In early 1840, when Dayton outgrew its original graveyards at Third and Main streets and at Fifth Street, civic pioneer John Van Cleve was given the task to find a new cemetery location within the city. He found that Augustus George had a forty-acre site for sale that had beautiful hilltop views of the city and a remarkable variety of trees.

Founded in 1841, Woodland was one of the nation’s first rural garden cemeteries that was not connected to a church or place of worship. It is a unique cultural, botanical and educational resource in the heart of Dayton.

With over 111,000 souls entrusted to its care, it is the final resting place of many of Dayton’s most distinguished residents including the Wright Brothers, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Charles F. Kettering, Gov. James M. Cox, John H. Patterson, Col. Edward A. Deeds, Erma Bombeck and so many more.

The Richardsonian Romanesque Gateway, Chapel and Office are on the National Register of Historic Places and the cemetery itself has been designated as a Historic District by the United States Department of the Interior. In all, the cemetery has three designations on the National Register, is listed on the Ohio register for historic places and has a Historic Landmark designation from the City of Dayton.

The certified Level II Arboretum is among the foremost green spaces in Dayton and Ohio with over 200 acres adorned with over 3,000 trees including ten current or former State Champion trees as recognized by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.

Each year, an estimated 48,000+ visitors attend services, and frequent the park for recreational, botanical and historical uses including viewing the Gem City from our Lookout Point or simply finding a peaceful place to contemplate life and death in a serene setting. Today, the cemetery with its outreach programs, has been well received by over 5,000 attendees, including 200+ educational programs in the form of tours and presentations on and off the grounds. The Ohio Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) has hosted seasonal monthly programs at Woodland for industry leaders and we have partnered in the community with many organizations including: The Aviation Trail, Inc., The National Aviation Heritage Area, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, Dayton Metro Library, University of Dayton Osher’s Lifelong Learning Institute, Wright State University Sociology and Anthropology Department and Sinclair Community College.

Woodland is still a very active operating cemetery, assisting approximately 1,600 families annually with burial and cremation services. Sufficient undeveloped land is available to accommodate more than 50,000 future burials, equating to 100 years of remaining active operation. Thereafter, Woodland will be endowed permanently as a historic site, passive cemetery, and green area, open to all who seek serenity, beauty and history.

Restoring the Chapel, Admin Building and Front Gates allows all visitors to appreciate the historic value that Woodland brings to the community and the history of one of the oldest cemeteries in the city of Dayton. A look at Woodland’s historic burial maps demonstrates the heritage and cultural practices of the city by the families who purchased adjoining lots to bury their loved ones together, and the many civic and fraternal organization who purchased lots. Long gone are the members of the Sons of Temperance, Woodmen of the World and Junior Order of the United American Mechanics. No longer are soldiers buried with a plaque bearing Grand Army of the Republic or Sons of Protection. Visitors can find the people whose monuments and markers bear the symbols of these groups and learn more about the members of these organizations through research and programs presented by the cemetery. Visitors will find a unique area where both Union and Confederate soldiers rest in peace side-by-side in the Civil War Soldiers Section and students who learn about the Great Flood of 1913 will find both victims and heroes of that tragedy at Woodland.

The Gateway to Woodland featuring the Chapel and Admin Building will welcome visitors of all ages to learn more about the residents, history, art and culture of past, present and future Daytonians. Lectures and special programs and events will be held in the Chapel among magnificent Tiffany artwork from windows to floor to wall décor. In the Admin Office, researchers will find historic documents, biographies and displays of perhaps their ancestors who were the inventors, influencers, and creative individuals that made a positive and lasting impact on not only the Dayton community but the world.
The Woodland Arboretum Foundation has not previously received any Congressional earmarked funding but is the intended recipient of a fiscal year 2022 Community Project Funding under the HUD Economic Development Initiative (EDI) program in the amount of $1 million. This earmark funding is at the request of Congressman Mike Turner. The full Congress has not yet approved the funding as of this writing.
Additional Details
Angie Hoschouer

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