Woodland Cemetery

I spent one afternoon last week wandering around Woodland Cemetery. It’s an incredibly beautiful cemetery nestled in what’s maybe not one of the best neighborhoods in Cleveland. (Actually, probably the worst neighborhood in the area. One website said that you have a 1 in 6 chance of becoming a victim here. Ooops. Won’t be heading back there alone again.)  Established in 1851, with it’s first burial, a 15 month old child, in 1853, it’s now the final resting place to over 72,000 people. Extremely dangerous neighborhood or not, this has to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Cleveland. There were so many incredible headstones. Every few minutes I was excitedly dashing to see something I had spotted in the distance.

This cemetery doesn’t have big names like Lake View Cemetery does (President Garfield) but it’s still packed with important people and tons of history. Joseph W. Briggs is buried here, he instituted free home mail delivery in Cleveland. Briggs claimed he thought of home delivery during the winter of
1862-1863 while watching how women, coming for letters from
soldiers, were exposed to the cold while waiting in line. John Patterson Green is also buried here, he was the first African-American elected to office in Cleveland. He’s considered the “father of Labor Day”, after introducing the bill that established Labor Day as a state holiday.

This huge pile of stone is what was the original gatehouse that welcomed visitors for 125 years. It’s clearly in absolutely disrepair now. I actually had no idea what it was when I found it. Kind of thought it was a pile of broken headstones.  It’s going to apparently taken $1.5 million to rebuild it.


Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • We go there all the time with our small children and have never worried about it. That neighborhood is not bad at all. In fact, I'm reluctant to believe you actually live in Cleveland if you think it is- a rich suburb is more likely. Not to mention your love of "exploring" much be VERY limited.