Dying in the 19th Century

Event Date:

Sunday, October 15 at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


From the log cabin the Cherokee Indians called “medicine house,” to the establishment of Atlanta Medical College, to the medical advances resulting from the Civil War, this tour traces the history of death and disease in Atlanta in the 19th century. Atlanta in the early 1800s was considered the frontier. The rough and sometimes violent lifestyle, combined with the humid climate and swampy land, all contributed to illness, injury, and death among the population. Learn about the mystery and science of death and dying during a time when the discovery of germ theory and anesthesia coexisted with the use of leeches, water cures, and medical quackery.

Tour Prices
Adults: $12
Students: (with ID) $6
Seniors: (65 and older) $6
Historic Oakland Foundation Members: Free

Please note that not all areas of Historic Oakland Cemetery are wheelchair accessible. Please use your discretion when planning your tour visit.