Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta

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248 Oakland Avenue 404 688 2107

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    Oakland Cemetery

    by cosmogypsy Updated Feb 21, 2004

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    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.

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    Oakland Cemetery and Family

    by dustmon Updated May 27, 2010

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    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.

    Our plot at Oakland
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    See Famous Dead People!

    by PVHS02 Written Jun 2, 2010

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    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).

    View of downtown from Oakland Cemetary
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    Westview Cemetery----westside's Oakland

    by dustmon Written Aug 11, 2010

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    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.
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    Oakland Cemetery

    by pulgaron Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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    Oakland Cemetery

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Sep 1, 2014

    While in Atlanta, GA..Dale Tony Vanoy, Noel Lori-Elizabeth Teel and I went to the Oakland Cemetery..here is the link: http://www.oaklandcemetery.com/

    Oakland Cemetery is the oldest cemetery, as well as one of the largest 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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    by TravellerMel Written Mar 9, 2015

    Oakland Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Atlanta, dating to 1850. I came across it by accident after leaving the Cyclorama, so I stopped in for about 30 minutes. There are many old graves, dating to the Civil War. I stumbled across the grave of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, and Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African American mayor (both have signage directing you to their graves). I took some pictures of a few interesting old headstones. I wish I'd had more time to explore, and I wish I had taken the time to find the statue of The Lion of the Confederacy, which is quite famous.

    Grave of Margaret Mitchell, Author
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    Historic Cemetery

    by sulu88 Written Apr 6, 2005

    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.

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    Oakland Cemetery

    by FreeCloud Written Sep 6, 2003

    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.

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    Atlanta's past beautifully preserved

    by rexvaughan Updated Jun 15, 2011

    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.

    Entry gate into the cemetery Me with Watching over the entrance A toast to Margaret Mitchell
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