Discover the Enchantment of Historic Oakland Cemetery

Less than a mile from the heart of downtown Atlanta, a hidden treasure, a secret sanctuary, welcomes you. This garden cemetery, founded in 1850, is the final resting place of many of Atlanta’s settlers, builders, and most noted citizens like Bobby Jones, Margaret Mitchell, and Maynard Jackson. It is also a showplace of sculpture and architecture, and a botanical preserve with ancient oaks and magnolias. Here in this peaceful place the full scope of the city’s rich and fascinating history unfolds before you.


Upcoming Tours at Oakland

Name of Tour Tour Date
AA thumb African American History at Oakland Learn about the many interesting African Americans buried at historic Oakland Cemetery who helped shape the history of Atlanta. August 30 —
August 30
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
hands Oakland’s Boys of Summer Baseball Tour It is May 12, 1866 and the city desperately needs something to celebrate. On this day, the Gate City Nine and the Atlanta Baseball Club take the field close to Oakland Cemetery to play the first baseball game in Atlanta. August 30 —
August 30
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Epitaphs Epitaphs – The Immortality of Words Whether brief or rambling, poignant or humorous, all provide insight into the person’s life. Join us as we explore some of the fascinating epitaphs that grace the monuments of Oakland. August 31 —
August 31
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Friends of Oakland Free. Tours are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors 65 and over.
No reservations required.

Upcoming Events at Oakland

Name of Event Event Date
headerthumb Malts & Vaults: Where Beer Meets History What do a jousting match, exotic singing birds and the sun god Ra have in common? Why, everyone's favorite malt beverage, beer, of course! September 13
7:00 PM
SIP thumb Sunday in the Park 2014 Historic Oakland Foundation is proud to present the 35th annual Sunday in the Park from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 5. The Victorian street festival began in 1979 and offers fun, food, and entertainment for all ages. October 5
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
HalloweenThumb Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour 2014 Historic Oakland Cemetery receives many visitors each day, but only at Halloween do the gates stay open after dark. Witness the magnificent final resting place of Atlanta's sons and daughters during the Capturing the Spirit of Oakland 2014 Halloween Tours. New residents are featured every year. BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! October 17 —
October 25
5:30 PM

News From Oakland

  • Support historic Oakland Cemetery with Bloomin’ Bucks You can help add beauty to historic Oakland with every bulb you buy through the Bloomin' Bucks program. Continue reading
  • Remembering Beau Allen The Historic Oakland Foundation mourns the passing of board member, former Chair, and longtime supporter of Oakland Cemetery, Beaumont “Beau” Allen who died on August 2nd, 2014. After a grave … Continue reading
  • The Mitchell Family at Oakland Cemetery by Larry Upthegrove The Mitchell family has deep roots in our local history.  From the Edgefield district of South Carolina to South River below Panola or Flat Shoals in Rockdale … Continue reading