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November 10, 2014

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

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Written by: Die-Anne Mondeaux ™

WoodCemetaryangelLocated in Dayton, Ohio, the Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum is situated on 200 acres of rolling hills. Established in 1841, this botanical garden cemetery, with over 3,000 trees, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Complete with a Romanesque entry gate, Greek statues, marbled mausoleums and temples, and a chapel filled with original Tiffany windows, the Woodland is just as majestic as it is mystical.

Home to over 110,000 burials, the cemetery is ripe with hauntings. And many more souls will be memorialized as the Woodland has another century’s worth of space.

The Legend of the Girl in the Blue Jeans

WC 138Little is known about the young teen girl who wanders the Woodland. A beautiful blonde dressed in jeans and white tennis shoes, this youth has been known to speak with visiting mortals while seated on a stone. She then vanishes, emitting a blue illumination.

According to rumors, the girl in the blue jeans is restless as she is buried far from her father who is also interred at Woodland. Tombstone markings, however, have yet to confirm.

The Legend of Johnny Morehouse and his Dog

If the Legend of the Girl in the Blue Jeans didn’t depress, surely this one will.

731_1025327596The spirit of Johnny Morehouse is the most famous, if not heartbreaking, that roams Woodland. In 1860, five-year-old Johnny Morehouse was playing with his dog near the edge of the Miami and Erie Canal. When Johnny accidentally fell into the canal, his dog jumped into the water and pulled him out; but, it was to no avail. Johnny Morehouse had drowned.

After the burial, Johnny’s loyal dog remained beside his grave. Many grew concerned about the dog’s welfare, leaving food and water which the dog refused. The dog eventually died of starvation, or rather a broken heart.

tumblr_nbu5ndhowN1ssk1uco1_500In 1861, a new tomb was erected to memorialize both Johnny and his dog, now reunited in the afterlife. Locals and visitors alike continue to leave candy, toys, and trinkets at their tomb.

Sightings of the duo playing and running, with Johnny laughing and his dog barking are frequent. Recently, one man, unfamiliar to the legend, spotted Johnny and his dog. Alarmed that the young boy was alone, the man called the police to investigate. The cops searched throughout cemetery only to find it empty.  

wl-vandalized1contIn 2008, vandals defaced the tomb by removing the dog’s head. The destruction of this aesthetically unique and historically profound sculpture is a tragedy. But it is all the more appalling that after 147 years, in which Johnny Morehouse’s dog symbolically protected him, the tomb has now been reduced to vandalism. (For the depraved and morally inept sociopaths who ruthlessly destroyed this local treasure, there will be a place of retribution—an eternal one. And they should only hope that their burial site is far from Johnny Morehouse’s dog.)


But, alas, in spite of the upset, sightings of the happy duo continue as do the offerings of candy, toys, and trinkets.


Spirits of the Infamous

The cemetery also serves as the burial site of many celebrated figures, including: award-winning humorist, Erma Bombeck; inventors of the airplane, brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright; and, Governor James Cox. Sightings of these warriors have yet to be recorded…


Historic Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum
The Woodland Arboretum Foundation
118 Woodland Avenue                                       7134534351_de76cfdc0a_z
Dayton, OH 45409-2892
Hours of Operation
Cemetery Gates ∞ Open Daily Year Round
Woodland Avenue Gates
Winter ∞ 8 am – 6 pm
Summer ∞ 8 am – 7 pm
Waldo Street Gates
Winter ∞ 8 am – 5 pm                           
Summer ∞ 8 am – 6 pm
Woodland Mausoleum
Monday – Sunday ∞ 9 am – 5 pm
Woodland Office                                                                           
Monday – Friday ∞ 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday ∞ 8 am – Noon
Sunday and Holidays ∞ Closed

About the Author

Die-Anne Mondeaux ™
Die-Anne Mondeaux ™
Founder Die-Anne Mondeaux is currently working on her PhD in horror. You can send her a message at or send a message through the contact form.

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