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Historic Oakland Cemetery

248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 View Map

Oakland Cemetery is one of Atlanta's largest public parks and a unique oasis of history, sculpture, botanical gardens and wildlife. Located less than a mile from the heart of downtown Atlanta, historic Oakland is the final resting place for many of Atlanta's pioneers, icons and leaders.

Today, Oakland Cemetery is still used as a community park and is a valued green space in Atlanta. It is also a repository for stunning art and architecture. Elaborate mausoleums, soaring sculptures and effusive inscriptions speak of an age when the bereaved found consolation in extravagant expression.

Staffed by volunteers, the Visitors Center located in the historic Bell Tower, offers self-guided tour maps, free brochures and burial records.  The shop also offers an array of refreshments and clean restrooms.  The volunteers will be able to share some of the history of the cemetery and answer most of your questions.  Please check the website for Visitor Center hours.  

TripAdvisor Reviews

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4.5 stars on TripAdvisor Based on 1058 traveler reviews

Margaret Mitchell tour

Very moving experience to see where my favorite author is interred. I actually cried when I got off the tour bus when I knew I would see where she and her husband were buried. Read Full Review

Gorgeous cemetery, so full of history!

It sounds a little strange to say this, but do not miss this cemetery on your trip to Atlanta! It's beautiful, first of all, and second - it has so much history and there are so many stories to... Read Full Review

For History Lovers

Tour the historic cemetery to learn about the history of Atlanta. This is the last resting place of former Atlanta politicians, athletes and socialites that shaped much of this city's history. Read Full Review

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Yelp Reviews

4.5 stars on Yelp Based on 136 traveler reviews

You don't think of a cemetery as an amazing place to visit, but this is one of the most beautiful places in all of Atlanta. The cemetery is home to many of... Read Full Review

What a great way to experience the history of Atlanta through some of her most famous residents! I primarily came here due to the grave of Margaret... Read Full Review

This is Atlanta's version of Paris' Pere Lachaise or NOLA's St.Louis. Oakland Cemetery is named for many oak trees planted there and is a small city with... Read Full Review

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