Before cemeteries, the landscape was cluttered with thousands and thousands of obtrusive pyramids. Tour an unobstructed field of history with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets for a guided walking tour of Historic Oakland Cemetery in Grant Park (up to a $20 value). The tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
The Historic Oakland Cemetery basks in its beautiful gardens, sculptures, and architecture with displays of elegant funerary art. The 90-minute guided walking tour takes the cemetery’s visitors on a serene jaunt through the historic graveyard to see its sights and to listen to stories of its remarkable history. The cemetery forms an outdoor museum of Atlanta’s history, with residents representing all of the area's social classes and ethnic backgrounds. Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, rests in Oakland, along with many other notable people, including Bishop Wesley John Gaines, former slave and founder of Morris Brown College; Ivan Allen Jr., mayor of Atlanta from 1962–1970; and nearly 3,000 unknown soldiers.
This Groupon is also valid for the one-hour Twilight Tour, which takes place on Saturdays and Sundays at 6:30 p.m., covering different topics each week.
- And take a picnic, or a book or your easel and paints -- and take pictures, because not only is there some marvelous statuary and buildings, it's a gorgeous garden, and an official bird sanctuary. – Staci W., Yelp, 2/18/11
- This historical cemetery is certainly worth a visit when in Atlanta. – Ben0844, TripAdvisor
Historic Oakland Cemetery
Founded by the city in 1850, Historic Oakland Cemetery is a reflective park with lush greenery and architectural monuments for its 70,000 burial sites. Knowledgeable tour guides share tidbits of Atlanta’s history during tours, paying visits to the gravesite of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, and Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African American mayor. Architecture in a variety of styles rises across the grounds, including mausoleums with Tiffany Studios stained-glass windows and gigantic bronze urns. The stone-hewn Lion of Atlanta marks the burial ground of 3,000 unknown Confederate soldiers. The hanging bows of oak, magnolia, and dogwood trees shade visitors, surrounded by the colorful, fragrant camellias.
248 Oakland Ave. SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30312Get Directions