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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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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…

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Restoration Work Continues

Oakland Cemetery is a historic landmark that receives over an estimated 50,000 visitors each year.  Continuing to maintain Oakland for visitors is critical to our future success. Historic preservation plays a central role in the mission of Historic Oakland Foundation…

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