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Surprises in the gutter…

By Dustin Hornsby and Collier Neeley Several years ago the City of Atlanta tried to vacuum clean the 19th century brick drainage pipes that run throughout the cemetery.  They were unable to complete the job in the pipe near the…

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Monuments on the Move

Monuments can be threatened by the best of intentions. A planting by a family member or friend may seem harmless at first. Decades down the road, however, the unintended consequences can be devastating to the monuments and markers in the…

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It all falls down…

By Ashley Cissel Lee and Dustin Hornsby While working in phase three, Oakland’s restoration crew was all set to repair a flat tablature near the tomb of Jasper Newton Smith. “When we raised the tablature, we started finding marble panels,”…

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Monument Preservation 101: Cleaning Masonry

By Dustin Hornsby Cleaning tombstones and markers is a crucial part of preservation. However, many common cleaners can severely damage masonry. Household bleach or other oxidizing cleaners may chemically react with the surface and leave soluble salts in the pores. …

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Fixing the Un-fixable

By Dustin Hornsby When the tornado came through in 2008, a tree fell on one of our decorative settees and trellis.      The settee is a decorated city park bench variation and the trellis was designed to look like…

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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…

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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.”
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