Preserving our Past. Embracing our future.

Woodland Cemetery

Delhi, NY
Founded in 1847
The Past is our future

Contemplation, Recreation, & Commemoration

The rural cemetery movement sought to create serene and picturesque burial places in rural settings, incorporating natural landscapes and architectural elements. These cemeteries were designed as park-like spaces, with winding paths, landscaped gardens, and grand monuments. They served not only as burial grounds but also as public spaces for contemplation, recreation, and commemoration. The rural cemetery movement emphasized the importance of connecting with nature, reflecting on mortality, and honoring the deceased in a peaceful and aesthetically pleasing environment. The future of Woodland Cemetery depends on a return to the original intent for these grounds.

Cemetery Services

Woodland Cemetery continues to provide affordable burial services well below the average cost of most cemeteries in the United States. If you are interested in purchasing a plot, call (607) 746-6663 for more information.

Explore Our Grounds

Whether you’re looking to take a leisurely stroll or searching for more challenging terrain, Woodland Cemetery’s 25 acres offers numerous loops open to walkers, joggers, & bicyclists.

We Need Your Support

We receive no funds from any government or church. We rely on the gererosity of the community to help maintain our grounds and honor our history.

The Future Is Green

Woodland Cemetery is actively seeking to create green burial options. Check back for updates on our progress. Or contact us with your ideas!

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested organizing a cemetery cleanup day with your scout troop or fraternal organization? Have an idea for a cemetery program or tour you’d like to present? Drop us an email!

Honoring Our Veterans

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” —Jeff Miller


Our History Rests Here

Notable Residents

Osman Steele



Undersheriff Steele was slain by anti-renters during the Anti-Rent War, a tenants’ revolt in upstate New York from 1839–1845. The Anti-Renters declared their independence from the manor system run by patroons, resisting tax collectors and successfully demanding land reform.

Henry Leavenworth



Henry Leavenworth was an American soldier active in the War of 1812 and early military expeditions against the Plains Indians. He established Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, and named after him is the city of Leavenworth, Kansas, Leavenworth County, Kansas, and the Leavenworth Penitentiary.

Ferris Jacobs, Jr.

Civil War Union Army Brevet Brigadier General, US Congressman


During the American Civil War Jacobs served in the Union Army as a commissioned captain in the 3rd New York Cavalry as lieutenant colonel of the 26th New York Cavalry. He also served as brevetted brigadier general of Volunteers.He delegated at the Republican National Convention in 1880, and was elected as a Republican in the Forty-seventh Congress.

John Womack Vandercook

Writer, Actor


John Womack Vandercook was an NBC radio news commentator, actor, and writer. Vandercook wrote for the Atlantic Monthly and The Saturday Evening Post. He was also a novelist whose works were turned into screenplays for Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939), Murder in Trinidad (1934) and The Caribbean Mystery (1945).

Toliver Holmes

Union Army Solider


Toliver Holmes was a young black man born into slavery in Virginia who escaped to New York, changed his name to avoid capture, and mustered into the Union Army’s 26th Regiment of Colored Troops (NY), later settling in Delhi, NY.

Holmes’ Civil War experience was dramatized in the play Toliver and Wakeman by Kyle Bass, and premiered at Franklin Stage Company in August 2023

Erastus Root



Erastus Root was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He is most notable for serving four separate non-consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 19th Century. Born in Hebron, Connecticut Colony, he graduated from Dartmouth College and practiced law in Delhi, New York.

Margaret Womack Vandercook



Margaret Womack Vandercook has been described as the queen of Camp Fire writers, writing 21 Camp Fire novels under her own name as well as the pseudonym “Margaret Love Sanderson.” In addition to the Camp Fire Girls series, Margaret is also known for her other girls series books which include the Ranch Girls series, Red Cross Girls series, and Girl Scouts series. Additional works include stories, articles and poems for Harper’s Bazar, Delineator, Pearson’s Magazine, Book News Monthly, Paris Modes, and many other publications.

Did You Know?

The History of Woodland Cemetery

In 1813 General Henry Leavenworth purchased a square rod of land from George Fisher for the purpose of burying his wife. Others were invited to use this site for interment of deceased relatives. The graveyard was deeded to the Village Trustees in 1830 (in part) by Erastus Root and the remainder in 1849 by G.H. Edgerton. This Cemetery was located at the present day Court Street and High Street adjacent to the Penfield Estate.

The rapid growth and importance of Delhi demanded a more fitting cemetery and in June 1849 citizens of Delhi organized the Woodland Cemetery Association with the following officers: Richard Titus (Pres.); H.D. Gould (V.P.); Charles Marvin (Sect.); Horace Griswold (Tres.) The land on Whig Road (Meredith Street) was purchased and lots were laid out.

In 1857 lots were $8.

Friends of Woodland Cemetery

Upcoming Events

Through educational programs, events, and outreach activities, we aim to highlight the cemetery’s unique stories, cultural heritage, and environmental significance.

Trick or Treat on Main Street
Trick or Treat on Main Street

Visit Friends of Woodland Cemetery at Bushel for treats (and maybe a few tricks) on Halloween!Where: Bushel, 106 Main Street, DelhiWhen: October 31st, 3 pm - 6 pm (or until the candy runs out!)

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Reading the Stones
Reading the Stones

A Tour of Woodland Cemetery’s Art and Iconography. Saturday, October 21, 2–3 pm, Friends of Woodland Cemetery will present a tour of Woodland Cemetery given by Delhi Town Historian Marianne Greenfield who will discuss the symbolism and artistry behind the gravestones...

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Life Is Too Short to Skip Dessert!
Life Is Too Short to Skip Dessert!

Join Friends of Woodland Cemetery at the Delhi Harvest Festival Saturday, September 24th from 10 am-4 pm for Make-Your-Own Sundaes, donuts, & raffle baskets from Muddy River Farm Brewery and Roman Roaster Coffee! Thanks to Stewart's Shops for providing the sundaes...

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Woodland Cemetery is open 365 days a year.
From May 1 to October 31: 7 am - 8 pm
From November 1 to April 30: 7 am - 5 pm


1 1/2 Orchard Street
Delhi, NY 13753


NYS N-PCL Section 1510(0)



(607) 746-6663

Mailing Address

Woodland Cemetery Assoc.
P.O. Box 183
Delhi, NY 13753