Due west of the Georgia State Capitol, nestled along the south side of Interstate 20, Westview Cemetery might not have the cachet of its crosstown cousin Oakland Cemetery, which counts (etched) names such as Margaret Mitchell and Bobby Jones.
But this pristinely kept, 600-acre burial ground of winding roadways and towering trees is noteworthy for more than its sheer size (the largest cemetery in the Southeast, in fact). It’s the sort of place communities take pride in.
In honor of Westview’s valiant, runner-up efforts in this year’s Curbed Cup, we thought we’d venture out for this installment of the Visual Journeys series on a pristine winter day and photograph a place that locals consider a sacred attraction.
Westview Cemetery has been around for 134 years—an eternity in Atlanta—and claims some of the city’s best-known names, including Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler, Atlanta mayors William B. Hartsfield and I.N. Ragsdale, author Joel Chandler Harris, Civil Rights stalwart Donald L. Hollowell, and philanthropic giant Robert Woodruff, to name a few.
Have a look around these hilly, beautiful grounds: