The Ludwig Monument
I know I said we'd only highlight the sites inside Woodlawn that had connections to other sites in our tour but I just can't pass this memorial up and it is the most asked-about memorial in Woodlawn.
The Ludwig monument sits just inside the entrance gates of Woodlawn and was erected for Putnam County recorder and oil businessman LeRoy Ludwig. It features a granite replica of an easy chair.
Some say the chair was a tribute to Ludwig's second wife, Bessie. However, I have it under good authority that this unique monument was erected, chair and all, in 1900, nearly 30 years before Bessie Ludwig's death. In fact, the chair is a tribute to Ludwig's first wife, Samantha. She died in 1899 after an extended illness left her confined to an easy chair. The Local History Department at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has a series of photos documenting the erection of the monument. There are also notes from the Lloyd Bros. Monument Company that mention the original plan was to have a marble effigy of Samantha in the chair but the family decided that was too personal and left out the effigy. The monument was patterned after the Prince Albert monument that Queen Victoria had erected in Kensington Gardens.