Projects & Events

Stephens Memorial

Our efforts have been rewarded with wide support from the Chemung Valley community, which has enabled us to accomplish the following: 

Audio Tour

Please check out local Eagle Scout Timothy Updegraph's audio-guided walking and driving tours for Woodlawn Cemetery!

Upcoming Events

Ghost Walk
October 2017


Previous Events

October Ghost Walk

"Ghosts" previously featured

March 2017

Close to Clemens
A series of monologues, interspersed with Stephen Foster
music, about the family and friends of Mark Twain.

Women of Woodlawn

May 2012
Unveiling of granite sign at entrance to Woodlawn.

April 2010
100th Anniversary of death of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain): Re-enactment of his funeral procession and interment

October 2008
150th Anniversary of Woodlawn Cemetery: Re-enactment of John Hendy funeral procession and interment as 1st burial at Woodlawn;  Elmira Little Theater actors portrayed "ghosts" living at Woodlawn.

June 2008
Re-dedication of the Fireman's Statue (in conjunction with Elmira Fire Department)


We are grateful for the generosity of businesses, groups, and individudals in supporting our mission for the restoration of Woodlawn Cemetery.


  • Restoration of stone posts and ironwork on Walnut and Davis Street gate
  • Erection of bronze sign on Walnut Street gate
  • Restoration of ironwork on family plots
  • Erection of direction signs in keeping with Victorian character of cemetery
  • Major restoration of Stephens Memorial building, interior and exterior
  • Placement of bluebird boxes throughout grounds
  • Replanting of median
  • Granite map and brochures for walking tour telling story of John W. Jones and abolitionists
  • Erection of Woodlawn Cemetery sign at corner of West Hill and Walnut Streets


  • Restoration of historic vaults and monuments
  • Additional educational programs
  • Additional granite road signs and historic markers
  • Digitization of cemetery's 150 years of historic records
  • Additional self-guided walking tours: Women of Woodlawn, Mark Twain and Friends, Civil War, Underground Railroad