Angie Hoschouer, manager of development and marketing for Woodland Historic Cemetery Arboretum & Foundation, created a tour of area sports legends at the cemetery. One of the stops will be Maggie Doane’s grave. Doan, who died in 1917, was a champion rodeo rider. LISA POWELL / STAFF
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Dayton landmark gets shout-out for thinking outside of the coffin

One of Dayton’s best-known landmarks recently landed in a nationally-known publication for doing things a little differently. 

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Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, 18 Woodland Ave., is mentioned in a Philadelphia Inquirer piece published online March 7 about cemeteries bringing in “new blood” with special events and activities like picnics, yoga and festivals. 

About 100 people and their canine companions took part in the 2008 Woof Walk on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Walkers in the two, two-hour guided tours learned about the lives of many notables buried in the historic Dayton cemetery founded in 1841. The walk was sponsored by Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, the Iams Company, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and SICSA. Staff photo by Chris Stewart
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The article acknowledges Woodland as one of the oldest garden cemeteries in the country and mentions its annual Free Your Sole 5K slated this year for 9 a.m. Sunday, April 28.  

Aside from Philadelphia-area Victorian-era cemeteries, the article  also mentions Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery in New York and Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery.  

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“Cemeteries are a natural gathering place for obvious reasons but also a place for education and recreation,” the Woodland staff says in a Facebook post about the Philly.com article. 

The Lookout Columbarium and Plaza at Woodland Cemetery, which overlooks the city of Dayton and the Miami Valley, was dedicated in July, 2010. The nearly 200 acre cemetery was founded in 1841 and is the final resting place for more than 108,000 people. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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The institution, voted third best Dayton landmark in Dayton.com’s 2018 Best of Dayton contest, hosted a fundraising bash in August to help cover repairs to gypsy queen Matilda Joles Stanley’s deteriorating monument. 

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Woodland Cemetery's Free Your Sole 5K is slated this year for 9 a.m.  Sunday, April 28, 2019.
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Woodland has a variety of walks and tours on topics ranging from bird watching to murder, mystery and mayhem. 

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The cemetery is also known as one of the most romantic spots in the city due to its view overlooking Dayton. 

Woodland’s Lookout Columbarium helped earn it first place in the best view contest in Dayton.com’s Best of Dayton 2018 and each year since the contest launched in 2015 under Dayton.com. 

About 100 people and their canine companions took part in the 2008 Woof Walk on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Staff photo by Chris Stewart
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