Unearthing the History of Toledo

Local authors recount stories of those buried in Toledo's Woodlawn Cemetery through over 200 vintage images. This book is the first 50 years of the cemetery's history.

Toledo’s iconic Woodlawn Cemetery does more than just reveal the history of a cemetery, but narrates the culture and values of Toledo. Local authors Rebecca Visser and Renee Jayne tell the stories of this cemetery through more than 200 images. On November 10, Arcadia Publishing will add Toledo’s Woodlawn Cemetery to its growing list of titles.

Toledo’s Woodlawn Cemetery takes readers on a visual journey through the cemetery beginning with the influence of the rural cemetery movement, which is characterized by idyllic perceptions of nature, art, and national identity. It discusses burial customs that emerged throughout the 19th century, and the lives of the people who are buried there. The book ends by featuring the Lloyd Brothers, who are responsible for the design and construction of the most artistic monuments found in the cemetery.

Toledo's Woodlawn Cemetery tells of a unique cemetery in Toledo, Ohio, the people who worked to develop this site, and the story of some of the residents who laid the groundwork to make Toledo the great city that it is today. We hope that this book will bring back fond memories and inspire the telling of more colorful stories. I hope that the city will see what a rich past Toledo has.

Rebecca Visser and Renee Jayne, Author

Toledo’s Woodlawn Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in Northwest Ohio and is the final resting place for thousands of the area’s former residents. Toledo’s Woodlawn Cemetery is the story of the first 50 years of the development of one of Toledo’s greatest treasures. It’s a book that reminds residents of those great men and women who lived, dreamed, and developed the great city of Toledo.

Highlights of Toledo’s Woodlawn Cemetery include:

·         Images of businessmen, like Sanford L. Collins, and accompanying monuments.

·         Features images of military men and monuments remembering their lives. Also, there is a map of Section 41, which shows how the burial plots were lined up in order to create a five-pointed star –the symbol of the GAR.

·         An image of Harriet Whitney Collins, the only woman for which a Toledo High School is named.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Discover more than 8,500 small towns and downtowns.

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