Tour 2: Oakland Cemetery

Thursday, January 7, 2016: 1:45 PM-3:45 PM
Lobby Registration Area (Hilton Atlanta, First Floor)

Tour leader: Staff of Oakland Cemetery

Discover the history, period gardens, and art and architecture of Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s oldest public cemetery and first public park. The cemetery has over 70,000 graves representing important Atlanta milestones, from early builders to leaders of industry to civil rights pioneers. Established in 1850, Oakland is an excellent example of a 19th-century rural garden cemetery with winding paths, large shade trees, flowers, shrubs, and appealing vistas. Today Oakland is still used as a park for the community and a valued green space in Atlanta. Among its famous residents are author Margaret Mitchell, golfer Bobby Jones, and 27 Atlanta mayors, including Maynard Jackson.

Please note: Participants will travel to and from the cemetery by bus. The 90-minute walking tour of the historic cemetery involves some rough pavement and stairs.

Limit 20 people. $20 members, $25 nonmembers

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