Love Stories of Oakland

Filed in Events by on April 26, 2016

Love Stories of Oakland

Historic Oakland Foundation will host Love Stories of Oakland, a limited-time engagement! Perfect for lovers, families and friends.  Join the Historic Oakland Foundation gardens staff and community partners on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 for hour-long tours available at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Enjoy more than 25 tour stops through Oakland’s Victorian garden cemetery as they recount the loves, lives and losses of Atlantans of days past. Love Stories of Oakland also examines the symbolism of love and devotion found on monuments, headstones and mausoleums throughout the grounds.

This tour is available with advance ticketing only. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 23 at www.ticketalternative.com.

Tour Prices:

  • Adults: $16
  • Students and Seniors 65+: $10 (with valid ID)
  • Historic Oakland Foundation members: $6
  • Families (2 children, 2 adults): $40

If you can’t make it to Love Stories of Oakland on Mother’s Day weekend, there will be an encore event on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets to Love Stories of Oakland.

When visiting Oakland Cemetery, be sure to include a stop at the Visitors Center and Museum Shop, located in the historic Bell Tower. Just follow the signs from the entrances. Staffed by volunteers, the center offers self-guided tour maps, free brochures and burial records. The shop also offers an array of refreshments and clean restrooms. The volunteers will be able to share some of the history of the cemetery and answer most of your questions.

Oakland Cemetery is located at 248 Oakland Ave, SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, located just south of Old Fourth Ward, west of Cabbagetown and north of Grant Park. Important Atlanta milestones are represented at Oakland, from early builders, to Civil War soldiers, to leaders of industry, to Civil Rights pioneers, no matter where you turn, history surrounds you. It is a shining example of the “rural garden” cemetery movement of the 19th century. The garden cemetery featured winding paths, large shade trees, flowers, and shrubs, and appealing vistas. The garden cemetery concept was a forerunner of public park development in America.

Today, Oakland Cemetery is still used as a park for the community and is a valued green space in Atlanta. It is also a repository for stunning art and architecture. Elaborate mausoleums, soaring sculptures and effusive inscriptions speak of an age when the bereaved found consolation in extravagant expression. Impressive art and architecture can be seen in many styles: Victorian, Greek Revival, Gothic, Neo-classical, Egyptian and Exotic Revival. Several mausoleums feature stained glass windows from Tiffany Studios. Bronze urns over six feet high were cast at Gorham Manufacturing Company in New York, the first art foundry in America.

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Aaron Hofmann is the founder of AllAboutAtlantaHomes.com and also a Realtor with Atlanta Communities focused on the Atlanta real estate market. Aaron is a transplant from the Midwest (amazingly not a native Atlantan) and has lived in Atlanta for over 20 years and has developed a love for this city and desire to share with current and new Atlanta residents.

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