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Welcome to Woodlawn Cemetery

Established in 1862 | Winona, MN

The Historic Woodlawn Cemetery Association

The first attempt to establish a public cemetery for the city of Winona was made at an early date upon the timbered flat on the School Section beyond Sugar Loaf and on the other side of the Burns Farm. Although quite a number of interments were made on this ground, yet on account of the distance, as well as the low, flat nature of the soil, the site was never satisfactory, and consequently many buried their dead on their own premises in the city, hoping that a more desirable location might be found.

This state of affairs continued until June 6, 1862, when some of the public-spirit citizens felt that final action in this matter could no longer be delayed, and on that day met at Huff’s Hotel Hall, then located at the corner of Third and Johnson Streets, where The Kensington now stands, and organized the Woodlawn Cemetery Association by adopting and signing the Articles of Association hereinafter set forth.

To the public spirit and good judgment of the late E.D. Williams do the citizens of Winona especially owe the location and the beginning of the improvement of Woodlawn Cemetery. He was the leader and moving spirit of the enterprise from its inception.


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Giving Campaign

Be part of history. You can make a difference for Woodlawn Cemetery! Join Cemetery Aid 2023 now.

Woodlawn Cemetery is a non-profit 501 c 13 organization owned and operated by Woodlawn Cemetery Association. The Woodlawn Cemetery Association has kicked off a fundraising drive, Cemetery Aid 2023, to maintain the cemetery grounds.

Woodlawn Cemetery Aid 2023

Historic Woodlawn Cemetery · Winona, Minnesota
Support our efforts to maintain and help preserve the cemetery grounds going into the future. We need to your help to raise money for the operations budget to keep this historic site running properly.

Visiting Woodlawn


Office: Monday – Friday 8:30 to 4:00pm
Visiting hours for the cemetery grounds are open from dawn to dusk. No admittance after dark. Gates will be closed if there are several winter weather conditions and the day before Halloween. Pets are not allowed in the cemetery grounds.

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