Today’s Valentine’s Day episode of Around Atlanta showcases an unusual but unforgettable Atlanta activity to celebrate love. Co-hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick are joined by Pamela Henman, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Historic Oakland Foundation of the Historic Oakland Cemetery, to give listeners a preview of the special events happening at the cemetery this year and how Oakland Cemetery is a great place for a Valentine’s date night.
Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta’s oldest public burial space, established in 1850, and serves as the final resting place for over 70,000 people and counting. The Historic Oakland Foundation takes care of the cemetery by restoring the graves and the landscape, but also takes Atlantans and visitors on tours of the cemetery and offers special programs and events to educate visitors about Atlanta’s unique history and some of its notable citizens.
Anyone looking for something different to do this Valentine’s Day can head to the cemetery on February 10 and 11 to attend “Love Stories of Oakland.” From 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit the cemetery and hear the love stories of people buried there and explore the cemetery’s various symbols of love and devotion. Additionally, No Big Whoop! Bakery will send delicious Valentine’s Day treats home with attendees. Before or after, grab dinner or lunch in any of the fantastic places to eat in the Oakland Cemetery area. Order tickets on Freshtix before they sell out.
The Historic Oakland Foundation also has an advantageous membership package. Tickets to the cemetery’s special events sell out quickly, so be sure to support the Historic Oakland Foundation and its work by choosing any of the various membership packages. Members have access to free tours every weekend of the year, discounts in the visitor’s center gift shop, member-only events and priority access to cemetery event tickets, such as its Halloween party, which sells out within weeks of ticket availability.
Other special events include “Malts and Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History,” which occurs a few times each year. Some of Atlanta’s first brewers are buried at Oakland Cemetery, and visitors can enjoy a tour with their stories and beer-related symbolism throughout the cemetery. After the tour, guests can enjoy a beer tasting from a local brewery. Tickets go on sale about two weeks ahead of the event and sell out quickly, so be sure to keep an eye on their website.
The Foundation’s full tour season begins in March, which offers access to complete tours of the cemeteries, unique stories, history and specialized tours regarding the African American grounds, cemetery art, Margaret Mitchell, the Leo Frank case and trial and medicinal practices and sickness in the first days of the cemetery. Garden walks are also available and are especially beautiful in early spring.
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