As Atlanta’s oldest cultural site, Historic Oakland Cemetery offers a window into the city’s rich and fascinating history. Oakland is the final resting place for more than 70,000 souls, including many Atlanta founders and noted citizens of Georgia. A visit to this Victorian garden cemetery provides opportunities to start a dialogue about the historic past and create a space for learning outside the classroom.
The Historic Oakland Foundation offers interactive tours for students of all ages. An experienced docent will lead students through the cemetery’s original six acres, the African American Grounds, Jewish sections, Confederate Memorial Grounds, and other burial areas. As the students progress through the garden cemetery, they will discover the stories of citizens who shaped the development of Atlanta.
School tours of Oakland Cemetery reflect the diverse development of Atlanta, the state, and the American South. Noted Georgians are buried next to ordinary citizens, formers slaves have been laid to rest across from Confederate soldiers, and men and women transcend the social barriers of life to coexist in death. Walk through Oakland Cemetery and know what it feels like to be surrounded by history.
During a guided tour, students will have the opportunity to engage in collaborative discussions with tour docents and fellow classmates. Pre and post-visit educational materials will be available to educators to introduce students to Oakland’s historic resources and extend the learning experience beyond their visit. These materials are designed to meet state performance standards.
Explore a tangible link to our past with a tour of Historic Oakland Cemetery. To request more information or to schedule a guided school tour, please contact Education Coordinator Marcy Breffle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 688-2107 ex. 16.
Private Group Tours
There is a minimum fee of $60 for a private tour. Please note that during peak tour seasons in spring and fall, tours must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to your desired tour date.
For questions or to schedule your student or private group tour, please contact Marcy Breffle at email@example.com or at 404-688-2107, ext. 16, or click here to submit an online private tour request.