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The Mausolea

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Coker

The Coker Mausoleum was designed by the Mimosa Garden Club. The decorations hint at the Coker family business—banking.

About the mausoleum:

The granite Eclectic-style mausoleum was built in 1894 for Francis Marion Coker and his family. Coker established the first bank in southwest Georgia in 1870. In 1873, Coker started the Bank of the State of Georgia with developer Thomas Healey, Lemuel P. Grant (of Grant Park fame), and future mayor Robert F. Maddox. The bank, which stayed in business until 1917, stood on a corner of Five Points in downtown Atlanta.  

Collier

Designed by Beth Yinger and Eva Phillips from Tulip, the theme is “Simple and Southern.” The Collier Mausoleum is decorated with materials and plants that would have been readily available from the local dry goods merchant and the family property.  The mixed evergreens give proof that life survives and thrives, even in the dark of winter.  Berries provide a dash of color (and perhaps a snack for a hungry bird).  A gaily decorated wreath on the household door would have welcomed a large circle of family and friends.  And what could be more southern than a swag of magnolia adorning the facade?

About the Mausoleum:

The Colliers were Atlanta pioneers and have made significant political and civic contributions to the city over the centuries. The family mausoleum was completed in 1893.

Henson-Parris

This mausoleum is designed by the Lullwater Garden Club. The theme comes from the book of Ecclesiastes and the passage “for everything there is a season.” Each column has a different swag for each of the calendar seasons.

About the mausoleum:

This Classical Revival mausoleum was built in 1925. The structure is marble, and the doors are bronze. Eight residents are interred within the mausoleum. Annie Monger Henson and her adult sons Charles and Erwin, daughter Leila Henson Parris, and son-in-law William Sidney Parris. Cousins Cora Jones Gardner, Maude Jones, and Lena May Jones occupy the final three spots.  

Sage

Designed by the Magnolia Garden Club.

About the mausoleum:

The Sage mausoleum was likely constructed after 1908. The mausoleum is of Greek Revival design, with four Doric columns.  The structure is fronted by two donated windmill palms, a very hardy variety that sold for about 50 cents each at the turn of the 20th Century.  Palms were among the exotic cemetery plants in vogue during that era.  They symbolize triumph over death 

Richards

Designed by Shawn Jones, the decorations honor the gothic architecture while celebrating the holiday with innovative use of traditional holiday ornaments and plants.

About the mausoleum:

This 1880s Gothic Revival style mausoleum features gargoyles (with faux waterspouts) with lion heads, bat wings, and talons that are intended to frighten away evil spirits with their grotesqueness. Originally from London, England, Robert Richards was a banker—obviously a successful one. 

Other Happenings

Free Guided Mini Tours

Take a free, 45-minute, guided mini-tour of Oakland. Tours depart from the front gate at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00.

Shop for seasonally embellished wreaths (or pick up your preordered wreath), handmade garlands, specialty Christmas trees, assorted greenery, and more. Don’t miss our “Clay Bells Ring” antique clay swags, beautifully potted Amaryllis, or Oakland’s own miniature Eastern Red Cedar seedlings.

Our team of professional designers will be glad to customize your wreaths or other purchases for that one-of-a-kind showstopper!

Plus, back by popular demand: Our Designer Wreath Throwdown! Our favorite design team members challenge one another to decorate the most beautiful and interesting wreaths in the ATL! You can vote for your favorite, and you can purchase them, as well!

No cash. Card only. Face coverings required. Please maintain social distancing while shopping.

Stop by Oakland’s Pop-Up Shop for all your holiday shopping and find gifts unique to Oakland Cemetery, seasonal novelties, books, and much more.

No cash. Card only. Face coverings required. Please maintain social distancing while shopping.

New this year at Victorian Holiday: Pet photos with Santa!!!

Bring Fido and your camera for a fun holiday photo opportunity with St. Nick.

It’s free, and we’ll be accepting donations for more dog stations (think poop bags and trash cans) for Oakland.

Shop handmade holiday goods at our Victorian Holiday Artist Market. This year’s vendors:

Mary Boyle Handcrafted Jewelry, Lisa’s Littles, Nina Marie, HarpieRae Creations + Co., Illustrations by Sarah, The Planter’s Tailor, JLVannattaArts, Odd Little Birdie, Lilly Knit Creations, Under the Slab Jewelry, Mod Vintage Jewelry, Creative Jewelry Design by Vivian, The Sweet Greek Atlanta, Unique Vintages, Taylor Chartrand Fine Art

Go on a self-guided scavenger hunt through Oakland Cemetery! Purchase your “easy,” “medium,” or “deadly” packet here (one per team) and try our new all-online version of the Holiday Hunt.

Each Holiday Hunt packet ($25 plus tax) includes one self-guided tour map (a $5 value) that can be used on return visits.

Enjoy warm and cold drinks from FiNCA to FiLTER: canned cold brew, cold brew sodas, bubbly water, and cold cocoa for kids.

Become a Member of Historic Oakland Foundation

Preserve Atlanta’s past and celebrate its present by becoming a member or renewing your membership! All new memberships and renewals are $10 off during Victorian Holiday!*

Explore membership options.

*This discount can only be applied to memberships purchased at the membership tent in North Public Grounds.

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