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Atlanta's Hauntingly Mesmerizing Historic Cemeteries

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Most Atlantans are familiar with the intown treasure that is Oakland Cemetery. One of the oldest extant burial places in the city, it's the eternal home of many notable Georgians. But it's far from the only historic cemetery in the city. For those who like to walk among the (long) deceased, here's a shortlist of storied burial grounds in the city worth paying a visit, just in time for Halloween.

Founded in 1850, the cemetery epitomizes the opulence of the Victorian era. A park-like setting with grand oak trees and gorgeous monuments to the dead, Oakland is a quick walk from the King Memorial MARTA station. It's easy to while away the hours wandering the expansive grounds, or for those more interested in an immersive experience, there are many guided tour options.


Spread across more than 600 acres, Westview Cemetery covers at least seven times as much land as Oakland. Since 1884 more than 100,000 Atlantans have been buried at the cemetery. And for those looking for an everlasting spot among city history, the cemetery's website advertises "hundreds of acres available today and hundreds more for our future generations."


Named for the crest of the hill on which the cemetery sits, Crestlawn occupies 145 acres just west of the city. Offering sweeping views of Midtown, it's a great place for spook-tacular photo shoots for those without an aversion to those no longer with us. Founded in 1916, the cemetery is still in active use today.


Containing only 170 graves dating back to 1870, this small cemetery tucked in a residential area in Buckhead isn't on the same scale as Atlanta's grandest final resting places. Restored by some history-minded citizens in the last decade, the setting among the trees offers a nice place for wandering. And, according to the Atlanta History Center, the cemetery is the final resting place of the great-grandparents of actress Julia Roberts.


Founded in 1824, this tiny 3.5-acre cemetery predates the founding of Atlanta and is noted by many as the oldest burial ground in the city. Two graves predate its founding, with death dates recorded as 1816 and 1819. During the Civil War, the Utoy Church was used as a field hospital, and many of those that didn't survive the battle were buried on the grounds of Utoy.