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
sssicon Sights, Symbols and Stories of Oakland Oakland is a museum of Atlanta’s history with over 70,000 stories to tell; stories filled with both stunning victories and heart-wrenching tragedies. Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. July 26 —
July 27
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Victorian Symbolism at Oakland Victorians were fascinated by the past and borrowed symbols they learned from the archaeological digs taking place in Egypt, Greece, Israel, and Turkey. July 26
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Epitaphs – The Immortality of Words Join us as we explore some of the fascinating epitaphs that grace the monuments of Oakland. Whether brief or rambling, poignant or humorous, all provide insight into the person’s life. July 27
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
SIP thumb Sunday in the Park 2014 Historic Oakland Foundation is proud to present the 35th annual Sunday in the Park from 12:00 p.m. – 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

  • Lollipops and Gumballs by Sara Henderson, Director of Gardens The Victorians were an adventuresome lot and one character trait that is often attributed to them is the desire to tame the natural world. … Continue reading
  • No Business Like Show Business: James Etheldred Williams by Larry Upthegrove James was born in Grainger County, Tennessee (just northeast of Knoxville) on January 16, 1826.  He attended school in Knoxville and Holston College at New Market, Tennessee … Continue reading
  • Milk and Wine Lilies by Sara Henderson, Director of Gardens Those of us who grew up in the South likely remember giant mounds of green, strap-like leaves in a neighbor’s garden. If we were lucky … Continue reading