Above Ground / Mausoleum Services & Products
The Greek architect Pythias, along with the architect Satyrus, built the great Mausoleum at Halicarnassus in 353 B.C. One of the seven wonders of the world, it was constructed at the request of Queen Artemisia who ordered the the tomb for her husband, Mausolus. The tomb was damaged and looted in the early 15th century. It still stands today in Turkey, on the Aegean Sea.
Community Mausoleum: Woodland proudly presents one of the nation's finest enclosed "Community Mausoleums" containing over 4000 crypt spaces, 2000 Niches (See Cremation Services and Products), a full chapel and several "theme" and "family estate" rooms. Features include an award winning Bronze Wall and a series of award winning literary and biblically themed stained glass windows.
Family Mausoleums: See below. Currently we have both a two crypt and a six crypt mausoleum for immediate need sales. In addition, we offer 29 Mausoleum property sites available for purchase, with a design/build option. We work with all the major manufacturers and designers to assure you of a complete range of sizes and custom designs.
Private Family Mausoleum Sites Available:
Individual Family Mausoleum prices vary greatly depending upon size, design, and the type and color of stone. Our expert sales staff will help you to select the perfect site and assist you with pictures, costs, and arrange for personal planning sessions with our factory design/build experts. If needed, temporary crypts can be made available while design decisions are being made and construction is taking place.
In order to build a private family mausoleum, you should usually plan on a lot at least the size of 8 graves. 29 sites available.
Additional Space: Each of the 29 sites available have a minimum of 8 graves, and some have as many as 16 additional grave spaces available if desired.
Entombment: Mausoleum Crypts, like graves, must be opened for interment, the casket must be protectively wrapped, and the face of the crypt must be sealed closed and lettered with name and final dates. If purchased in advance, this "Entombment" cost will be "frozen" to inflation.
Historic Receiving Vault
Available for Renovation for use as a Private Family Mausoleum
After passing through the main gates of Woodland Cemetery, you will come to a fork in the road. Located on the north side of the Main Drive, you will see what is known as the Woodland Receiving Vault, one of the Cemetery's oldest structures.
The Receiving Vault was constructed in 1847 by Joseph Wuichet, who was Dayton's "premier" Stonemason during that time. It is constructed of giant limestone slabs and was designed as an exact replica of the Egyptian style temple of "Thebes and Karnak". Mr. Wuichet agreed to receive payment for his services in grave spaces, which sold for $20.00 each at that time. The total bill for the construction of the Receiving Vault was $471.63.
The purpose of the Receiving Vault was to temporarily and securely house the remains of those who could not be immediately buried. The capacity at that time was 16 caskets (caskets being much smaller at that time). The main reason for storage in the vault was due to cold or severe weather. Graves were dug by hand and in the 1800’s it took 2 men working 8 hours to dig each grave. When the ground was frozen, burials had to be delayed and the Woodland Vault was used. The original cost to be placed in the vault was $1.00 and an additional rental fee was charged if the remains were to be secured for a more substantial length of time.
The longest resident of the Receiving Vault was Matilda Stanley, The Queen of the Gypsies. She died in 1878 and her body remained in the vault for nine months, awaiting the arrival of all the gypsy clans to attend her service. Her family entered the vault daily placing flower petals on her casket until the day she was buried. It was estimated at the time that 25,000 gypsies attended her burial service.
The Woodland Receiving Vault exterior was recently restored to its original appearance and the area was landscaped. Woodland would appreciate a family or group's desire to restore it to its original use and purpose. Plans and estimates are available for restoration of marble crypts and niches on the inside and for an external renovation if desired. The vault is at the very center of Woodland's history and it would be most appropriate to return it to service to a Dayton family or organization.
Woodland would hope to chronicle the vault's history and Woodland's appreciation for the purchaser's restoration of the vault by mounting a plaque on or near the structure.