Treat Mom or that special someone to a lovely stroll through Oakland Cemetery this Mother’s Day weekend, when the popular Love Stories of Oakland guided walking tours return. Enjoy an evening among the stunning magnolia-linedsd gardens and elegant mausoleums of Atlanta’s oldest burial ground on May 9 and May 10.
Oakland Cemetery invites families and friends to learn more about the stories of devotion and symbolism (both familial and romantic) found within its hallowed grounds. A costumed guide will tell the stories of a few of the 70,000 people who lie in rest at Oakland, including famous Atlantans and ordinary citizens alike. Read on to get a snippet of a few of the stories you can expect:
Marsh family mausoleum
Oakland’s iconic urns outside the Marsh mausoleum are tributes to the Marsh family’s children, one bearing the inscription: “When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music.”
Millard Seals monument
This example of motherly love at Oakland Cemetery is evidenced in the obelisk’s inscription describing Millard as “The Model Boy.” Seals died at a young age, and his mother Mary Ellen was so distraught that she couldn’t attend his funeral.
Two residents of the Rawson mausoleum, Julia Collier and Julian Harris, had a “storybook marriage” that spanned more than 60 years — and the description is especially fitting, as Harris was the son of Tales of Uncle Remus author Joel Chandler Harris.
Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell drew on family lore to develop the characters from her iconic novel, but some of the most touching love stories can be drawn from real people buried in her family plot
Tours will be offered at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., and spaces for this limited-time engagement must be reserved in advance. Admission is $12 for adults; $6 for students and seniors 65+ (with valid ID); $28 for families of two adults and two children; and free for Historic Oakland Foundation Members and children under 3. Order tickets online at www.ticketalternative.com.
For more details, visit www.oaklandcemetery.com or call 4040-688-2107.