What’s more October than a Victorian garden cemetery brimming with some 70,000 graves?
A Victorian garden cemetery after dark.
Named for its abundance of towering oaks, circa-1850 Oakland Cemetery is much more than a graveyard, tourist hotspot, and spooky setting for concert and beer-related events. It’s a botanical garden, wildlife habitat, sculpture garden, and the eternal resting place of prestigious Atlantans, alongside nearly 7,000 Confederate soldiers.
Notable residents include Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, golf legend Bobby Jones, and more than two dozen past mayors of Atlanta, including Maynard Jackson, the city’s first African-American mayor.
Collectively, the cemetery describes its eternal tenants thusly: “The celebrated and humble rest together at Oakland. Tycoon and pauper, Christian and Jew, black and white, powerful and meek, soldier and civilian—all are here.”
Some unadorned markers say merely “INFANT.”
For this installment of Visual Journeys, have a nighttime gander around an Atlanta treasure that’s both dead quiet and vibrantly alive:
[Note: Oakland Cemetery is locked and closed to the public at about 8 p.m. daily. Trespassing is, of course, illegal, and wasn’t required for this photo essay.]