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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and regarded as one of the finest Victorian cemeteries in the U.S., the 48-acre Oakland Cemetery is a showplace of sculpture and architecture, a botanical preserve and a quiet retreat. Gothic Revival and neoclassical mausoleums are scattered throughout the property, which is the final resting place of many notable Atlanta historical figures including Atlanta's founding fathers, 24 former mayors, “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell, golf legend Bobby Jones and nearly every person who died in Atlanta prior to 1884.
The cemetery also contains a small section of African-American gravesites and Georgia's second-oldest Jewish graveyard, not to mention 6,900 Confederate soldiers, including 3,000 unknowns who are guarded by the “Lion of Atlanta,” which was carved in 1894 from the largest block of marble quarried from Georgia up to that time.
Open daily; free admission. Check website for tour times and prices.