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Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta

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Cemetery · Historic Site
Oakland Cemetery is one of the largest cemetery 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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  • The history, headstones and landscaping are amazing. My tour guide, Walt, was knowledgeable, funny and engaging. A very calm and peaceful place to learn the history of Atlanta.  more »
  • We had the opportunity to visit a family gravesite for the first time and it was lovely. We appreciated the respect people showed for the sites. It was a bit overgrown and could use some landscaping.  more »
  • I came to Oakland Cemetery as apart of my final exam for my Humanities class, and I must say I was very shocked at what I found. Not only was everything extremely well-kept, there was also markers with info to guide you through the cemetery. There was a wedding on one side and a funeral just across the lawn, which was something Ive never seen happen simultaneously. The crowd of people throughout the cemetery was well diverse. This is a wonderful historic landmark to visit!!
  • The Oakland Cemetery is an impressive way to see Southern history. In a beautiful setting, you can see the crypts of famous families and civic leaders. I recommend seeing the cemetery and city skyline from nearby Six Feet Under brewpub!

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