Atlanta is an extraordinary place for historians. It is a city that is rich in both history and culture. If you are a Civil War buff you will find Atlanta particularly wonderful. One of the “must see" places in Atlanta to take in Civil War history is the Oakland Cemetery. Located at 248 Oakland Avenue in Atlanta, the cemetery is home to the final resting place of many civil war soldiers and several famous citizens of Atlanta. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. So what will you find at the cemetery?
The cemetery is the final resting place for over 48,000 people. These people include civil war soldiers (confederate and union), 5 civil war generals, governors, mayors, golf great Bobby Jones and the author of Gone With The Wind. It is also home to 2 monuments honoring Civil War vets and is rich in gothic and classic art. See the incredible stained glass, ornate urns and incredible statues. Currently the cemetery is being revived by a 15 million dollar restoration project. The project began in 2003 and is expected to take 5 years to complete. Don't let that scare you off however because the cemetery is still accessible to the public and is quite popular.
For more information on the Oakland Cemetery you can call the information line at 404-688-2107 or visit the official website at www.oaklandcemetery.com. Check it out and I am sure that you will not be disappointed.
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