Woodlawn was chartered by the State of New York in 1858. Designed by noted architect Howard Daniels, it is part of the "rural cemetery" concept which created park-like cemeteries. The cemetery is a repository of Chemung Valley history and contains the stories of all those who have in ways large and small, known and unknown, contributed to the building of this wonderful place we call home.
Some of its famous residents include Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Hal Roach, Pioneer Hollywood film-maker, John W. Jones, escaped slave and chronicler of Confederate dead from the Elmira Prison Camp snf Ernie Davis, first black recipient of the Heisman Trophy. A Path Through History Attraction.