The Bell Tower Society


The 1899 Gothic Revival Bell Tower sits on Bell Tower Ridge, the highest part of Oakland Cemetery’s 48 acres. It is also one of the highest naturally-occurring points in the city and one of the oldest structures in the city still standing in its original location.

Throughout history, ringing bells have signified moments both celebratory and solemn and have alerted communities of impending news or danger. In the early 1900s at Oakland, the tolling bell announced approaching funeral processions. Today the bell tolls during funerals and at the conclusion of weddings.

The Bell Tower Society recognizes those who contribute $1,000 or more during the calendar year. Your cumulative donation can include restricted and unrestricted gifts, matching gifts, sponsorships, pledge payments, and lot maintenance and lot improvement contributions made during the year. Individuals that become a member of HOF at the $1,000 level or higher are automatically welcomed into the Bell Tower Society.


Bell Tower Society Benefits:

  • Mention in the Oakland Herald printed newsletter
  • A private tour for up to six people, led by HOF staff
  • Invitations to exclusive donor events such as the annual Bell Tower Society fete

When you invest, you support:

  • A National Register of Historic Places site
  • A Historic Landmark District
  • A Certified Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
  • An arboretum recognized by the Association of Public Gardens and Arboreta
  • An outdoor sculpture museum with monuments recognized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • A recipient of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s “Great Place” award
  • A recipient of the Georgia Historical Society Affiliate of the Year Award


For more information on the Bell Tower Society, please contact Director of Development Laura Hennighausen at or 404-688-2107.