Today, I’m going to focus on one close to home – the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. Oakland Cemetery was bought in 1850 and was originally named Atlanta Graveyard or City Burial Place. It was renamed to Oakland Cemetery in 1972.
Oakland Cemetery offers twilight tours of the cemetery – how scary huh? And around this time of the year, the cemetery even offers what they call “Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours”. What a way to catch some things that go bump in the night. There are over 70,000 residents in over 40 acres that are just dying to meet you whether you have a guided tour or walk the cemetery by yourself… if you’re brave enough.
A lot of the history of this wonderful cemetery centers around the Civil War. There have been stories in the Confederate portion of the cemetery of hearing names being called as if in a roll call. But to look around, there is no one living there, just the statue of a lion guarding the unknown Confederate dead and he’s not talking.
Often the guides at the cemetery will tell you that people actually die three times. Once on their last breath, once when they are laid to rest and once when they are no longer remembered. Sounds just like a situation for a few people to come out and be remembered, doesn’t it? So the next time you’re in the area, drop by for a visit. I’ve heard they’re alway looking for a good soul to fright.
10/06/2017 at 1:20 am
I think that is true that people die 3 times… and I hope all the forgotten people will not come back once… that would be …scary…
10/06/2017 at 10:15 am
That is so true brother. That is scary just thinking about it. Shivers. XOXO – Bacon
10/06/2017 at 1:32 am
That is a huge cemetery. Would love to go grave hopping with you sometime. . .
10/06/2017 at 11:03 am
OMP! That would be so much fun for sure!! You and mom would have a blast. XOXO – Bacon
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10/06/2017 at 1:47 am
Wow, dat’s a big cemetery!
10/06/2017 at 11:16 am
Very huge indeed. It is beautiful mom says. Lonely yet you never feel alone. XOXO – Bacon
10/06/2017 at 6:36 am
Sounds like an interesting cemetery.
10/06/2017 at 11:17 am
Very much indeed. XOXO – Bacon
10/06/2017 at 7:41 am
I’ve always been torn between feeling that cemeteries are peaceful or frightful places. “Our” cemetery was just 1 1/2 blocks down the road when I was growing up.
10/06/2017 at 11:18 am
Cemeteries are beautiful places. We have a cemetery one street over from us. It’s a little family lot between two houses. People on each side of the houses have moved in/out over the years. We often wonder if the new occupants have ever figured out what the fenced in space holds. You can barely see the headstones now but if you’ve been here a while you know where to look. XOXO – Bacon
10/08/2017 at 10:33 am
I also lived behind a large cemetery in Cleveland, TN while my children were growing up. Before I could get the back yard fenced, my Sammy dog used to bring me floral presents, LOL!
10/09/2017 at 10:02 am
Oh my! XOXO – Bacon
10/06/2017 at 7:46 am
As much as I love cemeteries, I don’t really want to be in one.
10/06/2017 at 9:15 am
I’ve never heard that about the dying 3 times, but it has plot bunnies hopping around in my head.
I love exploring old graveyards. They’re so rich in history. I always stop to imagine the lives of the people who lived during decades and centuries prior to mine.
10/06/2017 at 11:19 am
Oh most definitely. And you have to wonder how people died. Some of the older graves that mom has visited has told how the people passed. Some of the reasons are so very sad. XOXO – Bacon
10/06/2017 at 8:09 pm
I agree, Bacon. I see that too when visiting cemeteries. In my area, there is the grave of an Indian Princess that has had profound meaning for me since the time I first stumbled upon it as a kid.
10/06/2017 at 11:31 am
Spooky…..but then I love Spooky,xx Speedy
10/06/2017 at 11:39 am
here are some spooky places not to far from my home,xx Speedy
10/06/2017 at 1:24 pm
Squeals with piggy excitement. These are awesome. Okay you have to promise me, if I send mom/dad your way one day, ya’ll will check some of these places out. Deal? XOXO – Bacon
10/07/2017 at 2:18 am
OMB absolutely Bacon,I’ve been to some of them my self…..so much fun,xx Speedy
P.S Hehehe mummy said when are they coming already? hehehe,xx Speedy
10/09/2017 at 9:55 am
Snorts with piggy laughter. Never put it past my two humans. You never know. XOXO – Bacon
10/06/2017 at 1:22 pm
Our sentiments exactly – 🙂 XOXO – Bacon
10/07/2017 at 5:05 pm
We must go Cemetary window Shopping!! We’d have a blast! Our places aren’t as old as yours so I must come visit!