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From Terminus to Terminals: People Who Put Atlanta in Motion

June 18 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

From train disasters to hot air balloons piloted by daredevil dentists, learn about ATL transportation on this 75-minute guided tour!

How did a rural railroad crossing known as Terminus evolve into the home of the world’s busiest airport terminals? As far back as the early 1800s, when this area was nothing but forest, Georgia leaders recognized its ideal location as a connecting point to the west and the Piedmont region. From train disasters to bicycle clubs to hot air balloons piloted by daredevil dentists, discover how several Oakland Cemetery residents had a role in Atlanta’s evolution into a major transportation hub.

This tour starts at the Front Gate (main entrance at Oakland Avenue and MLK Jr. Drive) at 10:30 AM. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in at the volunteer desk inside the Visitors Center (located in the parking lot) before meeting at the Front Gate.

Spaces are limited, so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.

Historic Oakland Foundation is committed to following CDC public health guidelines. Vaccinated guests can remove their masks during a tour.

Historic Oakland Foundation Members

Historic Oakland Foundation memberships include free tickets for special topic tours. Check your membership level before you purchase. Individual members receive one (1) ticket, dual members two (2) tickets, and family memberships four (4) tickets. Membership status will be confirmed before the tour.


Not all areas of Historic Oakland Cemetery are wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you need an accessible route when purchasing your ticket. There is designated parking for vehicles with a disability permit behind the Bell Tower Building/Visitors Center. This is the best option for parking as the main entrance is paved with cobblestones, and both the East Gate and Memorial Drive Gate entrances have either a step or curb.

ASL interpreter available if given 3 days (72 hours) notice before the start of the tour.

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June 18
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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