Since 2006, we have led the effort to protect, preserve and restore Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Our Mission

The Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery of Elmira, Inc. is dedicated to preserving the historical integrity and conserving the natural beauty of the cemetery.

The organization was founded in June 2006 when a group of civic-minded citizens met at The Park Church in Elmira to explore efforts to forestall deterioration of this Chemung Valley treasure. Since that first meeting, the Friends has been chartered by the state of New York and is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Charity Bureau and has received 501(c)3 non-profit status from the United States Internal Revenue Service.  

Woodlawn Cemetery of Elmira is listed on:

  • The National Register of Historic Places

  • The New York State Register of Historic Places

  • The Freedom Trail of the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network

  • The Cultural Landscape Foundation

  • The Southern Tier “Points of Inspiration”

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

  • Repair sidewalks

  • Repave some roadways and grade lanes

  • Set upright fallen monuments

  • Restoration of the Stephens Memorial building

Board Members

  • John C. Humphries, Jr., President

  • Martha Horton, Vice President

  • Beverly Buckbee, Treasurer

  • Nancy Campbell, Secretary

  • Art Ambrose

  • Lynda Brand

  • Ruth Bruning

  • Dale Bryant

  • Karen Coletta

  • John Corsi

  • Joseph Duffy

  • Charles Evans

  • James Hare

  • Cindy Hayden

  • Diane Janowski

  • Ann Mortimer

  • Susan Nagle

  • Dick Reidy

  • Lucy Schweizer

  • John Trimber