skip to Main Content

The Lighting of Atlanta

By Larry Upthegrove By 1855 Atlanta’s population had grown to over 6000 souls. The city was a boom town. Merchants were feeding well off the growth of the city, and commerce was flooding in because of the railroads. The city…

Read More

Have we gone bananas?

by Sara Henderson, Gardens Manager We are often asked about the exotic looking plants included in several of the plantings at Oakland. Are they hardy? Are they appropriate for a historic garden? The answers are yes and yes. In fact…

Read More

What's in a name?

We name things to help us organize, categorize, and understand the world around us. To help you understand the world of Oakland Cemetery, we have created a visual glossary of common cemetery terms. Feel free to email us if you have…

Read More

Buried Treasures at Oakland

The history of Atlanta is buried at Oakland. Restoration Manager, Dustin Hornsby, knows it’s not the only thing, “Many of the tombstones have sunk and have become buried and forgotten over the years; some buried as deep as 18 inches.”
Read More

The Gardens of South Public Grounds

The gardens of South Public Grounds suffered badly after the 2008 tornado and we are excited to be starting work to restore the area to a beautiful and welcoming space. This area was heavily shaded before the tornado.  Unfortunately, the…

Read More

Where does restoration end and art begin?

When the initial evaluation of the Marsh Mausoleum was complete, the picture was grim. Among the many threats to its integrity, the survey showed extreme deterioration of the sandstone, including spalling layers, mineral deposits, and biological growth. After evaluating the…

Read More

Gardens Focus: Cemetery Whites

Spring is arriving in Oakland’s gardens. The daffodils are fading and being replaced by a symphony of spring blooms including our very early white iris. Many other irises will soon follow but these irises are the first to announce spring’s…

Read More

How do you add something new to something old?

Historic sites are not necessarily fixed. As a historic AND active cemetery we must respect lot owners and descendants and their current needs with deference and sensitivity to the past. As such, change and progress here at Oakland are commonplace. This blog will discuss one type of change: the process of adding a new wall to an existing plot, surrounded by historic monuments.
Read More

Daffodils Take Center Stage

Oakland’s daffodils are waking up and their cheerful faces help us endure these cold, wet winter days. You will see several varieties planted in the restored areas and remnants of historic plantings can be found scattered here and there.
Read More
Back To Top