Oakland Cemetery is one of the largest cemetery green spaces, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Founded as Atlanta Cemetery in 1850 on six acres (2.4 hectares) of land southeast of the city, it was renamed in 1872 to reflect the large number of oak and magnolia trees growing in the area. By that time, the city had grown and the cemetery had enlarged correspondingly to the current 48 acres (190,000 m2). Since then, Atlanta has continued to expand so that the cemetery is now located in the center of the city. Oakland is an excellent example of a Victorian-style cemetery, and reflects the "garden cemetery" movement started and exemplified by Mount Auburn Cemetery in Massachusetts.Put Oakland Cemetery into our Atlanta trip maker site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Atlanta.
The original 6 acres (24,000 m2) of Oakland remains one of the oldest historical plots of land in Atlanta, most of the rest of the city having been burned in 1864. Because of its age and location, the cemetery directly reflects the history and changing culture of the City of Atlanta and the significant events it has seen. Names of Atlanta streets, buildings, parks, subdivisions, and more can be found within the cemetery gates. An estimated 70,000 people are interred at Oakland, and while the last plots were sold in 1884, there are still regular burials today. These are largely conducted on family-owned plots or areas owned by Atlanta (one of the most recent being former mayor Maynard Jackson, whose plot was contributed by the city).
Oakland Cemetery Reviews
Very old privately-owned cemetery with beautiful mausoleums and statuary. The grounds are garden-like and on the Saturday we visited were well-populated with visitors and were safe. Limited free... more »
We walked here from downtown although there is the King Memorial Transit station located right by. The Cemetery was peaceful and clean and was very interesting to explore. We weren't on any sort of... more »
I came to Oakland Cemetery as apart of my final exam for my Humanities class, and I must say I was very shocked at what I found. Not only was everything extremely well-kept, there was also markers with info to guide you through the cemetery. There was a wedding on one side and a funeral just across the lawn, which was something Ive never seen happen simultaneously. The crowd of people throughout the cemetery was well diverse. This is a wonderful historic landmark to visit!!
The Oakland Cemetery is an impressive way to see Southern history. In a beautiful setting, you can see the crypts of famous families and civic leaders. I recommend seeing the cemetery and city skyline from nearby Six Feet Under brewpub!
Plan your trip to Atlanta
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
See all ›
See all ›
Side trips from Atlanta
Hidden gems in Atlanta
Nearby attractions in Atlanta
Plans to Oakland Cemetery by other users
3 days in Atlanta & Savannah BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, culture, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: August, kids, culture, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in Atlanta BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, popular sights Preferences: August, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Atlanta BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular sights Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Atlanta BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, historic sites, popular sights Preferences: July, outdoors, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in Atlanta BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 10 days in Atlanta BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium