Grounds: Open everyday
of the year Dawn to Dusk 

Office: 9am-12pm  1pm-4pm
Monday - Friday 

Oakwood Cemetery 

763 Portage Road
Niagara Falls, NY 14301 

Office/Fax: 716.284.5131 


Oakwood Cemetery makes the L.A. Times!

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (Oakwood Cemetery) - Los Angeles Times reporter Tina Susman and photographer Carolyn Cole have been in Oakwood Cemetery during and after our Garden Walk on July 16, doing research for an article on Niagara's economy and the impact of Daredevils.  Read the article here.

Mentioned in the article is Bill Bradberry who read words of Frederick Douglas in our "Angels on the Battlefield: A reading tour of Oakwood's Civil War past".  Also mentioned is Michelle Kratts, writer, and researcher of the tour, and also reader of Elizabeth Porter's part. 

Copies of the Tour are available in the office for $7.  This will allow you to take a self guided tour of some key Civil War historical figures resting in Oakwood Cemetery.


A Capt. Webb Ghost Story - from Kratts' Korner

Allposter.comNIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (Oakwood Cemetery) - From the things that crash and go bump in the night dept. comes an unnerving tale of meeting Capt. Matthew Webb years after his death.  And he makes a startling confession!  You won't want to miss the latest addition to Michelle Kratts Korner!


Capt. Matthew Webb Anniversary

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (Oakwood Cemetery) - This Sunday, July 24, 2011 marks the 128th Anniversary of Capt. Matthew Webb's passing.  Capt. Webb was a world famous celebrity of his day.  He was the first person to swim the English Channel unaided.  His fame and fortune were tied up in swimming.  He was the Lance Armstrong of his day.  They even had matchbooks with his picture on the cover, and people would ask, "Do you have a Webb"?, instead of a light.


On July 24th 1883, in an attempt to resurrect his career he attempted to swim the Whirlpool Rapids in the Lower Niagara River.  They found him 4 days later in Lewiston.  He now resides in the "Stranger's Rest" section along with Annie Edson Taylor and Carlisle Graham.  Click here to read his full story.


Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk a success!

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (Oakwood Cemetery) - The 2011 Niagara Falls Historic Garden Walk is in the books and a complete success for Oakwood Cemetery.  The day started early with a Nature Tour given by John Farfaglia of the Cornell Cooperative Extention.  At 11 o'clock Angels on the Battlefield: A Reading Tour of Oakwood's Civil War Past was presented.  (Check out pictures here) Another nature tour was held at 12:30pm, and an open house of the E.B. Green designed Mausoleum was hosted by Oakwood Cemetery Association Board President, Tom Yots.  "It was great to see hundreds of people on the cemetery property enjoying the nature and taking in the history", Oakwood Adminstrator, Larry Steele said.  Melvin Johnson provided nourishment for participants with "Mel's Hot Dog" cart.

At 2pm a contingent from Oakwood Cemetery headed over to our Sister Cemetery in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Fairview Cemetery.  Cynthia Roberts was our delightful host as we took a History Tour of some Fairview's more noteable residents.  Oakwood Cemetery Adminstrator Larry Steele and Cynthia also participated in a tree planting ceremony as Fairview planted an Oak tree in Oakwood Cemetery's honor.   The tree recognizes the friendship between the Sister Cities, our Countries, and between the Cemeteries themselves.  

The entire Garden Walk was sponsored by the Main Street Business and Professional Association.  Over 30 homes were included, as well as the Niagara Falls, NY Library, Scheollkopf Park, the Aquarium, and Oakwood.

Fairview and Oakwood's portion was sponsored by a generous grant from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.  Special thanks for their Board members for helping to foster such a great event.  And thanks for all the volunteers to helped put this event together, but most of all, thank you to all who came out to support Oakwood Cemetery.  We appreciate all you do for us!


Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (Oakwood Cemetery) - The Main Street Business and Professional Association is proud to present the 2011 Historic Niagara Falls Garden Walk.  Tour over 30 home gardens as well as The Gardens at Schoellkopf Park, the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, the Niagara Falls Community Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden at the Earl Bridges Public Library.  The date is set for July 16, so mark your calendar.

Oakwood Cemetery is also part of the Garden Walk and through the gracious generosity of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission we have teamed up with Fairview Cemetery in our sister city of Niagara Falls, Ontario.

From 9:30 - 10:30 there will be a Nature Walk led by John Farfaglia, Horticultural Educator from Cornell Cooperative.  John will discuss the layout of Oakwood and the historic trees in the cemetery.  This walk is FREE.

At 11am "Angels on the Battlefield" A Reading Tour Through Oakwood's Civil War Past will take place.  Niagara Falls History comes alive.  Meet some of Oakwood's residents and hear their stories.  This historical pieces was written by the Lewiston Public Library's Genealogist and Oakwood Cemetery website contributor Michelle Kratts.  Adults are $5, and children under 12 are FREE!

12:30 - 1:30 John Farfaglia offers another Nature Walk, and once again the walk is FREE.

At 2pm an open house will be held in Oakwood's E.B. Green designed Mausoleum.  This will be hosted by noted Historian/Preservationist and Oakwood Cemetery Association Board President Tom Yots.  This portion of the event is also FREE.

Mel the Hot Dog guy from out if front of City Hall will be there with his cart to provide food for the festivities.  He is generously donating a portion of the proceeds to Oakwood.

Also from 2 to 4pm Fairview Cemetery in Niagara Falls, Ont. will have an open house.  They are featuring a Historical Tour led by Historian Sherman Zavitz.  Fairview is also doing instructional sessions on headstone rubbing for children.

Click here for the Facebook Event.

We look forward to seeing you on the 16th!