Oakland Cemetery is one of the largest cemetery green spaces, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Founded as Atlanta Cemetery in 1850 on six acres (2.4 hectares) of land southeast of the city, it was renamed in 1872 to reflect the large number of oak and magnolia trees growing in the area. By that time, the city had grown and the cemetery had enlarged correspondingly to the current 48 acres (190,000 m2). Since then, Atlanta has continued to expand so that the cemetery is now located in the center of the city. Oakland is an excellent example of a Victorian-style cemetery, and reflects the "garden cemetery" movement started and exemplified by Mount Auburn Cemetery in Massachusetts.
The original 6 acres (24,000 m2) of Oakland remains one of the oldest historical plots of land in Atlanta, most of the rest of the city having been burned in 1864. Because of its age and location, the cemetery directly reflects the history and changing culture of the City of Atlanta and the significant events it has seen. Names of Atlanta streets, buildings, parks, subdivisions, and more can be found within the cemetery gates. An estimated 70,000 people are interred at Oakland, and while the last plots were sold in 1884, there are still regular burials today. These are largely conducted on family-owned plots or areas owned by Atlanta (one of the most recent being former mayor Maynard Jackson, whose plot was contributed by the city).
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Korey Ogden | Feb 7, 2018
More than just a cemetery. It is architecturally very interesting, with lots of incredible mausoleums and unique headstones. Views of downtown Atlanta create an interesting landscape as you walk the expansive grounds maintained by the city. Delicious restaurants like Agave (my favorite!) right outside the gates!
Tyler Picard | Dec 24, 2017
A cool place to checkout if you're looking for something new to do. A lot of history buried in this area of the city. Offers the opportunity for a quiet stroll through a hidden portion of the city. Definitely a good place to take out of town visitors. Bonus: There is a nice place right across the street to stp and have a bite to eat, enjoy a good beer, and chat about what you just saw -- six feet under.
Annie Nord | Nov 2, 2017
Spur of the moment trip. We lucked out and had a two hour tour. It was so interesting. One can take several types of tours. Three I think are worth taking would be the General knowledge(the one we took) , Malts and Vaults, and Epitaphs. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The tour costs 12.00. I also downloaded an app on my phone which I have referred to since our visit. It has a map and an audio guide to the most important sections of the cemetery.
Mark Mandelbaum | Jan 17, 2018
Usually visit for the annual Halloween cemetery tour where actors will tell stories of the many famous people laid to rest here. It's a wonderful way to bring attention to the history of the city and help fund restoration of the original city grounds.
Garth Wheeler | Oct 21, 2017
Attended the halloween tour while visiting family. It was awesome. Actors portraying various famous people buried in the cemetery offering highlights of their life and contributions to Atlanta's history. Obviously a lot of planning and hard work went into this program. Thank you for sharing.
Pranav Dhingra | Apr 1, 2018
Oakland is a jewel in Atlanta! A beautiful public space with a long historic past, many legendary Atlanta figures and a beautiful visitor center and nursery. It’s a place to visit for every season.
rosalind hillhouse | Apr 7, 2018
I fell in love with Oakland in 2006, I volunteer some, but I go there more often for my own pleasure. I love the tours and scavenger hunts, but I also like to do silly things like decide on a few first names and then look for monuments with those names. Having a goal makes the rambling more fun. On rainy days with an umbrella, you find low markers that you typically overlook. FYI, my first name spelled correctly can be found in the Defoor lot and one day it will be in my own lot near the Beau Allen Greenhouse and Potter's Field over in Hog Pen Corner. Enjoy!!
Joanie Axelbaum | Jun 6, 2018
Beautiful park, garden, and cemetery all mixed into one. A wonderful place to walk around and is open later than 5 to just walk around.
DeAnne Haynes | Jul 15, 2018
Great place to explore history. The grounds are beautiful. You can download an general map on the different areas of the cemetery online and you can purchase a more specific map in the visitor center. There is an app that you can pay to download on your phone to give you a walking tour.
Bernard Berryman | Jul 15, 2018
I have people buried here its a nice a place to visit from a historical point. Of veiw of Atlanta's past
Deb A | Jul 14, 2018
I'm a volunteer here and I think Oakland is one of the coolest places in Atlanta. Historical, peaceful, and beautiful.
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