Explore Woodland

A Community Space

From their inception, cemeteries designed during the mid-nineteenth century Rural Cemetery Movement were intended as civic institutions designed for public use. Before the widespread development of public parks, the rural cemetery provided a place for the general public to enjoy outdoor recreation amidst art and sculpture previously available only for the wealthy.

Getting Around

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

Self-Guided Tour

Pack a picnic lunch and spend an afternoon at Woodland Cemetery exploring the rich history our grounds have to offer. Download & print a our self-guided tour brochure.

Upcoming Events

Check out our upcoming programs and events designed to highlight the cemetery’s unique stories, cultural heritage, and environmental significance. Our history rest here!

Dogs Welcome

Dogs are welcome in the cemetery but must be kept on a leash at all times. Owners are required to clean up after their furry friends.

Biodiversity Hotspot

Cemeteries are rich in biodiversity. Woodland Cemetery is home to a variety of birds, deer, groundhogs, chipmunks, and vegetation.


Woodland Cemetery is open from sunrise to dusk, 365 days a year. During winter, excepting funerals, the cemetery is closed to motor vehicle traffic.

Get to Know Our

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.



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


2 Orchard Street
Delhi, NY 13753



(607) 746-6663

Mailing Address

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