The Trustees of Woodlawn Cemetery welcomes you to this hidden jewel in Canandaigua, New York. We hope you will take time to explore the many facets of Woodlawn Cemetery. We welcome your questions and comments and would be pleased by a visit at any time.
The official site of Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua!
For your convenience, here are quick links to interments made from 2010 to current.
The Canandaigua Cemetery Association is a not for profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. Click on the donations tab on the left or contact the cemetery office to see how you can donate.
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Preplanning is the answer to lowering the cost of burial expenses and it helps to lessen the impact of bereavement on the living. By thinking ahead, you’ll make informed, thoughtful decisions about your burial arrangements. Imagine the peace-of-mind you’ll have knowing it's been taken care of. Our office can assist you in determining what burial options are right for you.
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Woodlawn Cemetery provides respectful interment services to individuals and families in a unique setting of beauty and calm, and provides education relative to its historic heritage.
Woodlawn Cemetery serves the community as an eternal resting place; commemorating the lives of those interred; conserving, restoring and sustaining the physical attributes, horticultural aspects, buildings and infrastructure of the cemetery; and optimizes the cemetery's potential as a cultural resource through education, preservation and promotion of Woodlawn Cemetery's unique heritage.
ONLY WINTER WREATH DECORATIONS ARE ALLOWED
FROM NOVEMBER 15 - MARCH 15
CEMETERY GATES OPEN DAILY AT
7:00 AM AND CLOSE AT DUSK
CANANDAIGUA & SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES...
WOODLAWN NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The community chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery is undergoing major renovations to restore it to its former glory for future generations to enjoy, and your help is needed!
The non-denominational chapel was commissioned in 1909 by one of Canandaigua’s most famous citizens, Mary Clark Thompson. Mrs. Thompson was the daughter of past NYS Governor Myron Holley Clark and the wife of Frederick Ferris Thompson, a 19th century banking tycoon. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson were philanthropists and were responsible for leaving an indelible mark on many New York institutions both locally and in New York City.
Initially the chapel was built for committal services, as a place where family and friends could pay tribute to their loved ones without having to suffer the weather at a grave-side service. We would like to be able to offer this valuable service once again and additionally open it up for arts & cultural events, small concerts, lectures, meetings, educational forums, weddings and other intimate gatherings. As a non-denominational cemetery, this project is truly a community effort with community rewards. Restoring the chapel will offer new opportunities to the public while enhancing the cemetery as a whole.
Through a capital campaign and special events, funds have been raised to accomplish some much needed repairs and to begin the restoration process. Some of the chapel’s recent renovations include an updated main electrical supply, new roof support beams, asbestos abatement and a new slate roof with copper accents.
Once restoration is complete, the chapel will be able to host over 130 people in the main sanctuary and the multipurpose meeting space will have a capacity of over 50 people. A kitchenette and bathroom will also be available for public use.
CHAPEL RESTORATION IS UNDERWAY!
After years of planning and preparation, the chapel restoration project is well underway!
Since late July, restoration efforts continue to pick up with different facets of the project taken place at the same time. Reconstruction efforts of some of the key elements of the chapel are currently being done. Currently utilities (natural gas, water and sewer) are complete. Masons are repointing masonry, the historic stained glass windows (imported from England) have been removed for restoration and construction of the multi-use community room are in the process.