Discover the enchantment of Historic Oakland Cemetery
Originally founded as Atlanta Cemetery in 1850 and renamed Oakland Cemetery in 1872, this landmark is a hidden treasure located near the heart of Downtown Atlanta. Historic Oakland Cemetery is rich in history, art, architecture and local lore. It’s also a beautiful garden and home to magnolia and oak trees, which inspired its name.
Reasons to visit Oakland Cemetery
- Visit the final resting place of famous Atlantans including Bobby Jones, Margaret Mitchell and Maynard Jackson.
- Literally stand in the midst of Atlanta’s history where soldiers of the Civil War fought and were laid to rest.
- Explore beautiful gardens year-round. From heirloom daffodils blooming in the spring and dramatic summer tropicals to the blazing leaves of autumn and beauty of the evergreens on a snowy day, each season presents a new delight.
- Oakland Cemetery is the site of festivals and events. Commemorate 80 years of Margaret Mitchell’s literary classic, “Gone With the Wind,” with the Gone With the Wind Tour. Dress in costume for “Sunday in the Park,” a Victorian-era street festival. And be enlightened–not frightened–with the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours.
- Oakland Cemetery offers tours. Stroll through on your own walking tour or take a guided tour. Self-guided walking tour maps are available at the Visitors Center/Museum Shop for $5. Guided walking tours are available year-round on weekends. Special guided tours are available each weekend, mid-March through mid-October. Guided tours cost $12 for adults and $6 for students, children and seniors.
- The month of October and Halloween in a great time to visit Oakland Cemetery to take part in special tours and events. For a little Halloween fun at home for kids, check out these adorable coloring pages from “haunted” Georgia locations including Oakland Cemetery.
- Volunteers with or without prior experience are welcome. Each year the Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta hosts a number of workdays for private groups. During the months of March through May and August through November, the cemetery hosts Oakland Cemetery’s Second Saturday, three-hour workdays that last from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers lead tours, staff the Visitors Center and work in the gardens.
- Pack a lunch and picnic in Potter’s Field (grills and fires are not allowed).
- Dogs on leashes are welcome. Please clean up after your pets and do not allow them on the monuments.
Know before you go
When is Historic Oakland Cemetery open?
Historic Oakland Cemetery is a public park and is open from dawn until dusk 365 days a year.
How much does it cost to visit Historic Oakland Cemetery?
Admission to Oakland Cemetery is free.
Where is Historic Oakland Cemetery located?
Historic Oakland Cemetery is located less than a mile from Downtown Atlanta at:
248 Oakland Ave SE
Atlanta, Ga. 30312
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