Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery is a peaceful, lovely spot no matter what time of year, but especially beautiful in the spring when flowers and flowering trees pay tribute to those who have passed and those who grieve. The grounds are an example of a garden cemetery of the 19th century, featuring winding paths and an abundance of greenery. Buried in the cemetery are notable Georgians Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, and others including business leaders, Civil War soldiers and Civil Rights heroes. Take one of their tours – a pretty and interesting way to learn a little about Georgia history – or check out the many events held on the cemetery grounds, including the 5th annual Tunes from the Tombs music festival on June 13.
Photo at top: The lion guards nearly 3,000 unknown Confederate soldiers. All photos courtesy of Carolyn Gardiner.