Woodlawn Cemetery, located in the city of Elmira, was chartered by the State of New York in 1858. Designed by noted architect Howard Daniels, its plan follows the “rural cemetery” concept that influenced its park-like feel.
Buried amidst the quiet trees, landscapes and vistas of this tranquil location reside notables such as humorist Mark Twain, abolitionist Rev. Thomas Beecher, former slave and cemetery caretaker John W. Jones, and sports hero and Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis.
The adjacent Woodlawn National Cemetery holds the graves of over 5,000 local veterans as well as nearly 3,000 Confederate prisoners of war who died at the nearby Civil War prison, sometimes referred to Helmira. Both cemeteries were added to the National Register of Historic places in 2004.
A place to reflect on those who came before — Woodlawn cemetery is one more stop on New York’s Path Through History.
Photos Courtesy of:
The Chemung County Historical Society