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From Terminus to Terminals: People Who Put Atlanta in Motion

January 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Free - $12.00
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 outside of the Bell Tower Building (at the Visitors Center and Museum Shop) at 10:30 AM. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in with the volunteer at the front desk.

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

Historic Oakland Foundation is committed to following CDC public health guidelines. Masks will be required for all guests to enter the Museum Shop. Vaccinated guests can remove their masks during a tour. If an at-risk tour guest is uncomfortable, all tour guests will agree to continue wearing their masks for the duration of the tour to ensure the comfort of all visitors.

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.


January 29
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Free - $12.00
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Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312 United States
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