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Oakland Cemetery - Atlanta

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Oakland Cemetery was formerly known as the Atlanta Cemetery that was founded in the year 1850. The Oakland Cemetery is sited in 6 acres of land that is situated in the southeastern part of the city of Atlanta. This cemetery is one of the oldest in Atlanta and it has the largest green spaces in Atlanta, Georgia.

The name Oakland Cemetery was founded in the year 1872 that honors the abundant of oak trees and magnolia trees that are growing largely in the area. As the city was developing, the cemetery holds the largest area in Atlanta that has 48 acres of land at this point of time.

Ever since, the city has expanded together with the expansion of the cemetery. The Oakland Cemetery is now located in the center of the city. Oakland Cemetery perfectly resembles a Victorian cemetery that looks like a garden type cemetery. The landscape was adopted in the Auburn Cemetery in the city of Massachusetts. This type of cemetery is most preferred by people for their love ones because of the atmosphere. It gives the feeling of freedom in the area. The Oakland Cemetery also has some of the famous people that were buried in the original area where the cemetery was founded.

The original area is only 6 acres in size of the Oakland Cemetery. It is already a historic place that was found in the year 1850. This area holds a piece of history that the people of Atlanta respect. Most of the old areas that hold the same history in the city of Atlanta were burned in the year 1864. The Oakland Cemetery was the sole survivor in that incident and the specific area reflects the changing history and culture of the city. Some names that are used in the streets, buildings and parks can be found in the gates of the old cemetery.

Information

Hours:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to dusk
Address/Map:  248 Oakland Ave, SE Atlanta, GA 30312
Phone: (404) 688-210
Website: Oakland Cemetery