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 cemetery now accepts major credit cards.
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.
To read more, click on the "Cemetery Preplanning" tab on the left.
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.
It has been a long road but, finally, the historic chapel at Woodlawn will receive a breathe of fresh air. On December 9, 2016 NYS Governor Cuomo announced that the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council would receive 80.5 million dollars for 97 projects and one of those projects is to support the restoration efforts of the chapel at Woodlawn.
The chapel was built by the generous donation of philanthropist Mary Clark Thompson in 1909. The chapel was fully functional for five decades until it fell into a state of disrepair due to a variety of circumstances.
In the most recent years and with the deterioration so great, the beautiful chapel was literally on the edge of no return. After much research and careful consideration of all interested, the Board of Trustees committed resources and funding to the restoration efforts of this historical iconic building. After community awareness events held over the last few years saw 100% of the net proceeds go to improvements/repairs made to the chapel helped to realize the importance of this structure to the communty.
Here are some of the improvements made recently:
- New electrical service
- New roof support purlins (beams)
- Plaster removal
- Interior and exterior asbestos abatement
- Coping stones removed
- Chimney reconstructed
- Roof rafter repair and replacement
- New slate roof with copper accents (currently being installed)
CANANDAIGUA CEMETERY ASSOCIATION AWARDED GRANT TO HELP RESTORE HISTORIC CHAPEL
Hollywood Uses Woodlawn Historic Chapel for Movie Shot
Woodlawn was approached by Los Angeles movie direct/producer/actor Russell Gannon to use the cemetery historic chapel as a backdrop for a scene in an upcoming movie. The professional film crew was tasteful and respectful when filming the clips that revolved around the chapel. While filming for nearly two hours, Russell, and his crew, were in awe with the chapel and the beauty that it displays.
We were proud to host the crew in a manner that was not disruptive, nor disrespectful to visitors or to the cemetery grounds. We are equally as proud that the crew chose Woodlawn because of the beauty, character and serenity that the grounds and chapel offer.
This was a great opportunity to be able to showcase the historic chapel while increasing the interest in the current restoration efforts.
Film crew admires chapel
set to begin
Russel Gannon speaks with actors in between takes as crew watches on
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Removal of asphalt roofing
Roof rafter repair
Roof decking repair
New copper gutter system
There is still a long ways to go. Please consider supporting the restoration efforts by making a multi-year pledge contribution!