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From Terminus to Terminals: People Who Put Atlanta in Motion

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

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…

Free - $12.00

Epitaphs: The Immortality of Words

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Join us as we explore some of the fascinating epitaphs that grace the monuments of Oakland. How would you like to be remembered? Victorians gave considerable thought to this concept. An epitaph is described as “a statement commemorating or epitomizing a deceased person.” Join us as we explore some of the fascinating epitaphs that grace…

Free - $12.00

Pioneers of Atlanta

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Meet the founding sons and daughters of a town originally known as “Terminus" in this 75-minute guided tour. Meet the founding sons and daughters of a town originally known as “Terminus” – farmers, politicians, saloon owners, lawyers, nurses, gunslingers, and entrepreneurs who made up Atlanta’s founding community. Hear stories of accomplishments, failures, civil strife, and…

Free - $12.00

Fear and Accusation: The Leo Frank Story

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Learn how several Oakland residents were involved in this Atlanta tragedy during this 75-minute guided tour. This tour begins and ends with a murder. In the early hours of April 27, 1913, the body of 13-year-old Mary Phagan was discovered in the basement of Atlanta’s National Pencil Factory. Leo Frank, the factory superintendent and a…

Free - $12.00

Oakland’s All-Stars: Sports Legends of Atlanta

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Discover stories of hometown heroes and sports legends during this 75-minute guided tour of Oakland Cemetery! Go team! Atlanta is home to five major sports teams, several powerhouse universities, and diehard fans who celebrate buzzer beaters, photo finishes, home runs, and hole-in-ones. Discover the origins of some of Atlanta’s most beloved sports teams and hear…

Free - $12.00
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Love Stories of Oakland: Midday Tour

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Love never dies at Oakland Cemetery! Grab your love for a unique outdoor date at Oakland. Enjoy a walk through Oakland’s Victorian garden cemetery as we recount the loves of Atlantans of days past. Discover the symbolism of love found on monuments throughout the grounds and stories of devotion that extend into the afterlife. Each…

$12.00 - $16.00

Victorian Symbolism

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

From angels to anchors, learn all about grave symbols and death culture during this 75-minute guided tour of Oakland Cemetery! The Victorians were obsessed with death. From rules on mourning outfits to post-mortem photography, the Victorians had elaborate rituals and traditions to grieve and process death. The ornamentation and symbols found in cemeteries reflect this…

Free - $12.00

Winter Tree Walk

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Stroll with us through Oakland’s amazing arboretum and learn from knowledgeable guides about some of our favorite trees! Did you know that Oakland is home to more than 1,600 trees, from majestic oaks to mighty magnolias, to demure crape myrtles and dogwoods? Oakland’s trees feed and shelter wildlife, help reduce air pollution and provide welcome…

Free - $12.00

Art and Architecture of Death

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Discover how architectural and design choices made during life created a lasting and eternal legacy for many Oakland residents. People have sought to honor the memory of departed loved ones since ancient times, but the 19th century ushered in a new era of funerary art. Innovative building materials came available and styles changed to reflect…

Free - $12.00
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