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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 1075 traveler reviews

Must visit type of place

This is a cool place to visit whether you are a visitor from out of town or a local. It is very big and you won't see everything in once visit. It is supported by donations and volunteers so stop by... Read Full Review

well worth the trip

really interesting and full of famous people... wonderful statuary and beautiful.. for a cemetary anyway. well worth the trip. nearby areas are shady. Read Full Review

A time capsule from a different time

It was interesting to note that the cemetery historically had a pauper section, a slave section, a Jewish section, etc. as if the dead shouldn't commingle in death any more than in life. It also has... 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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