This Cemetery is beautiful. It is Atlanta's oldest cemetery; it was built in 1850. Walking around, you can see history, which is still being made.
There are tours that inform you about the Architecture, sculptures and the symbolism on the different graves. One of the main symbols being the Confederate Lion.
The main reason a lot of people go here is to see Margaret Mitchell's grave, but they then discover there is more to this Graveyard than just Mrs. Mitchell.
My family has a plot here at Oakland having lived here since before the Cival War....This Cemetery is very peaceful---even a nice place to come for a picnic. Margaret Mitchell is buried here as well as Bobby Jones, and many other famous folk. Park and just take a stroll over the hilltop and check out all the art statuary and greenery. Oakland is the 3rd largest green space in Atlanta after Piedmont and Grant Parks.
The Cemetary was established in 1850 on what was then farmland. Picnicking in Oakland has been such a tradition in Atlanta, that The Historic Oakland Foundation published a cookbook---"Drop Dead Delicious", I kid you not.
I have folk buried in both big Atlanta Cemeteries and enjoy going to both for different reasons---Oakland is the kind where you are comfortable taking a picnic lunch and chowing down amongst the dead, and Westview is a little more contemplative (at least to me!) Right off I-20 Xway near downtown, it has some impressive views from the top of the hill, and a cool looking tower building on one side. My family has a vault here, which I always thought was kind of strange, but it has been a calm place that I go on occasion. Also alot of my Catholic relatives have been buried here nearby.
Interesting cemetary. Beautiful grassy areas where you will often find families picnicking. Guided tours. Festivals. Oakland Cemetary is more an experience than it is an actual cemetary. Atlanta legends can mostly be found here (the dead ones I mean).
For good eating after a trip to Oakland Cemetary, check out nearby Cabbagetown (Carroll St Cafe) or Grant Park (Six Feet Under). Oakland Cemetary is located right off the Blue Line on MARTA (MLK Stop).
This place survived the Civil War and is one of the only cemeteries where one can find Union and Confederate soldiers buried side by side. First municipal burial ground in Atlanta.(est. 1850)Victorian monuments and mausoleums. Please remember this is a solemn place and behave accordingly.
Atlanta’s history, to a large degree, can be viewed at Oakland Cemetery. Here is the final resting place of many famous, as well as little-known or unknown, leaders and shapers of the city, including Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, and one of the world’s most famous golfers, Bobby Jones. We were privileged to attend an even in honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of Gone With the Wind. We were late so missed out of the drinks (the Rhett Butler and the Scarlett O’Hara) because they had run out of Maker’s Mark bourbon. But we had nice snacks and some “Southern Table Wine” (sweet iced tea). We also had a very nice tour of the graves of the Mitchell family. There are 5 generations of the author’s family here. The festivities concluded with a champagne toast at the grave of Margaret Mitchell which featured a local actress playing the part of Ms. Mitchell. I couidn’t resist having my photo made with her. The cemetery is a beautiful and serene place with winding paths and an amazing variety of trees, flowers and shrubs. It is a child of the 19th Century movement of making cemeteries like rural gardens. Also, along with hundreds of small personal stones there is a lovely variety of carved headstones and mausoleums including one just inside the entrance topped by a stone figure of the deceased, seated and watching who comes through the gate. Well worth a visit.
The Cemetery is open 365 days a year from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the exception of the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free and at10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays there are "Sights, Symbols & Stories of Oakland" tours.
This are many notable people buried here. It is a very beautiful garden cemetery. It has a lot of pretty stones and history to look at if you like that sort of thing.
The area in which the cemetery is located in seems a little run down.
This is the oldest in Atlanta. Details see their webpage, photos will be added later.
It has Victoria section, black section, Jewish section, potter's section and confederate section etc. It is a large, peaceful place where many locals picnic, bike and rest.