the oa k l a nd her a ld
               H I S T O R I C O A K L A N D F O U N D AT I O N N E W S L E T T E R    VOLUME 23, NUMBER 2              SUMMER 2008

histor ic oa k l a nd cem etery • a nationa l histor ic r egister site • est. 1850

      DE AR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF OAKL AND,                                                                 CONTENTS
                                                                                                             Chairperson’s Letter  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                     1
    As I hope all of you know, although far from being restored to its                                       Fall Events  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   2
                                                                                                             Restoration and Landscape .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                      4
pre-tornado condition, the cemetery reopened to the public in June.                                          Executive Director’s Letter  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                                   6
                                                                                                             Volunteers and Support  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                               7
Debris cleanup and tree removal will have been completed by the time you receive this,
                                                                                                             UPCOMING EVENTS
and the enormous job of restoring storm-damaged monuments will have begun. On                                9/13                    Beth McLean lecture, “Women in
a personal note, I would like to say that throughout the process of dealing with the                                                 the History of Atlanta”
                                                                                                             10/5                    Sunday in the Park
emergency, I was constantly impressed and delighted with the people I met—from city,
                                                                                                             10/18                   Run Like Hell 5K Road Race
state and federal officials, to the historic preservation community, to the marvelous                        10/18                   Ann Boutwell lecture,
                                                                                                                                     “A Photographic Look at
individuals who came forward with offers of assistance. Some of our paths may never
                                                                                                                                     Old Atlanta”
cross again, but each person was a pleasure to deal with.                                                    10/24,                  Capturing the Spirit of Oakland—
    As I wrote in our spring newsletter, we are resolved that the tornado recovery,                          25, 26                   2008 Halloween Tours
                                                                                                             11/15                   Col . Charlie Crawford lecture,
as big as it is, will not deter us from our mission of enhancing Oakland as a treasured                                              “The Battle of Peachtree Creek”
cultural asset as well as an oasis in the heart of a vibrant city.               (continued on page 6)
                                                                                                             Weekend Twilight Tours, through Oct . 19
                                                                                                             Weekend Walking Tours, through Nov . 30
      Sunday in the Par k is Oct. 5
                                                                                                             OUR MISSION
It’s time to put on your Victorian finery or simply come as you are to enjoy some                            The mission of the Historic Oakland
good, old-fashioned fun on a beautiful day. Sunday in the Park, Oakland Cemetery’s                           Foundation, Inc ., is to cultivate resources to
                                                                                                             assist the City of Atlanta in the preservation,
most popular event, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Oct. 5. Join your friends                            restoration and beautification of historic
and neighbors for refreshments and entertainment in one of the city’s most beautiful                         Oakland Cemetery and to promote it as a
                                                                                                             local cultural resource and as a historic site
settings. Read more about Sunday in the Park and other events on page 2.                                     of national importance .
                                                                                                                                       Keep up with the latest news and events from Oakland Cemetery
                                                                                                                                       at The website offers an updated schedule
                                                                                                                                       of activities, directions, information on joining and volunteering,
                                                                                                                                       an online donation link, Atlanta history and much more!

                                                                                                                                         Run Lik e Hell to Benefit                                             Monthly Lectur e Ser ies
                                                                                                                                         Oak l a nd Cemetery                                                   Continues
                                                                                                                                   On Saturday, Oct. 18, runners of all ages are invited to            The Historic Oakland Foundation continues its Monthly
                                                                                                                                   Run Like Hell (or “Heck” for the youngsters) through                Lecture Series through the fall. Each program begins at 5
                                                                                                                                   Atlanta’s beautiful Oakland Cemetery and neighboring                p.m. with wine and cheese served in the Bell Tower. The guest
                                                                                                                                   Grant Park. Proceeds from this first-annual 5K and 1K fun           speaker begins at 5:30 p.m. A selection of tours is offered
                                                                                                                                   run will benefit Oakland Cemetery.                                  following each lecture. Admission is free for members and
                                                                                                                                       Prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women           $15 for nonmembers.
                                                                                                                                   overall, the top male and female running in the Master’s            Sept. 13 –      Beth McLean will present
                                                                                                                                   Division and the top three male and female finishers in 13                         “Women in the History of Atlanta”
                                                                                                                                   age groups, from 10 and under up to age 60 and over. Each           Oct. 18 –       Ann Boutwell will offer
                                                                                                                                   1K finisher will receive a ribbon.                                                 “A Photographic Look at Old Atlanta”
CELEBR ATE THIS FALL AT OAK L A ND                                                                                                     Registration for the Run Like Hell 5K Road Race is $20          Nov. 15 –       Col. Charlie Crawford will speak on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “The Battle of Peachtree Creek”
                                                                                                                                   in advance, $25 after Oct. 1. Registration for the Run Like
We’ve packed the fall months with exciting special events, family activities, tours, lectures and
                                                                                                                                   Heck 1K Fun Run is $15 in advance, $20 after Oct. 1.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Weekend Guided Walking Tour s
even a fun run. We’ll show you a good time as only Oakland can. Please join us!                                                        To register, go to, click on
                                                                                                                                                                                                       No reservations are required to join a Weekend Guided
                                                                                                                                   “Run Like Hell” on the home page and download the form.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Walking Tour through Nov. 30. Tours last an hour and a
      Sunday in the Par k                                                2008 H alloween Tour s                                    Please fill it out and mail it with your check made payable
                                                                                                                                                                                                       half and depart from the Bell Tower. On Saturdays, they’re
Presented by the Historic Oakland Foundation, Sunday in            Capturing the Spirit of Oakland is your once-a-year oppor-      to Oakland Cemetery to the address on the form. For more
                                                                                                                                                                                                       offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and on Sundays they are given
the Park will include carriage and walking tours, as well as       tunity to visit the park after dark. On Friday, Saturday and    information, contact Sharon Mize at (404) 374-6871.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday twilight tours are available at
refreshments from The Varsity, Six Feet Under, LottaFrutta         Sunday, Oct. 24, 25 and 26, Oakland will present special
                                                                                                                                                                                                       6:30 p.m. through Oct. 19.
and others. Guests will enjoy live musical performances, an        evening guided tours to thrill you with tales of its most
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Guests will learn about the period gardens, history,
artists market, living history demonstrations, storytellers,       famous residents. Tour guides will lead visitors down the lit
                                                                                                                                         th a nk you to our neighbor s                                 customs, architecture and art that give Oakland its distinc-
Irish dancers and the opportunity to enter some magnificent        paths to glimpse inside a mausoleum and pause at the final
                                                                                                                                   A special thank-you to three of our neighboring businesses          tive character. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and
mausoleums. Everyone is invited to participate in the              resting places of some of the city’s most legendary citizens,
                                                                                                                                   who jumped right in to help raise money for Oakland during          students with ID, $26 for families (two adults and two chil-
Victorian costume contest and photography contest.                 who will come alive through costumed performers.
                                                                                                                                   this challenging year. Six Feet Under restaurant added a            dren) and free for children under six and Oakland members.
    For the kids, Oakland will host its annual Teddy Bear              Participants should bring a flashlight and wear com-
                                                                                                                                   request for donations to each customer’s bill. Dad’s Garage         Special group tours for 10 or more may be arranged in
Tea and will feature a children’s area with crafts and old-        fortable walking shoes. Costumes are encouraged. Advance
                                                                                                                                   Theater donated all of the proceeds from one of their opening       advance by calling Mary Woodlan at (404) 688-2107, ext. 11.
fashioned games.                                                   online tickets are required and must be presented at
    The suggested donation is $2 per person, with free             Oakland’s entrance. Tours start at 6 p.m. each night at the     nights to the cemetery, and Dogwood Restaurant asked for
admission for children three and under. Free parking will          Bell Tower and last approximately one hour. Tickets will        a $20 donation per person for Oakland at their preopening
be available in designated lots outside the cemetery gates.        be sold in timed increments and are $15 for adults and $5       party. Their concern and quick fund-raising efforts were                  PLE ASE SUPPORT OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS OF

                                                                                                                                   most appreciated.                                                        S U N D Ay I N T H E PA R K , H A L L O W E E N T O U R S A N D T H E
Proceeds will benefit the Historic Oakland Foundation. See         for children 12 and under. Complimentary parking will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “ R U N L I K E H E L L” F U N R U N :
you Sunday, Oct. 5!                                                be available in lots outside the main entrance gate.                                                                                      Six Feet Under PUb & FiSh hoUSe • the Jane •
                                                                   Refreshments will be sold by Stone Soup Kitchen.                                                                                    a. S. t U r n e r & S o n S   •   C r a F t C r e at i o n S a n d d e S i g n L L C

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Danielle Green of Zoo Atlanta cuts wood to be given to the zoo’s elephants.

R estor ation a nd L a ndsc ape                                                                                                             Fountain r enovation                                             As part of the renovation, one important change has been
                                                                                                                                      After a three-month delay due to the tornado damage,                   made. The fountain now has a hidden pump to recycle and
Restoration is an ongoing priority at Oakland Cemetery. Through the dedication and help from                                          restoration work is nearly complete on the Out in the Rain             reuse the water. Kevin Kuharic, Oakland’s director of res-
                                                                                                                                      fountain. Thanks to a generous donation from the Peachtree             toration and landscapes, said the original fountain’s water
landscape and restoration professionals, along with numerous volunteers, we are implementing
                                                                                                                                      Garden Club, the masonry pool and statuary have been                   simply ran down the street, “like leaving a faucet running.”
a long-term plan to carefully restore the cemetery to its original beauty and elegance.                                               moved about six feet away from their original location to              The recycling system will be a great improvement to this
                                                                                                                                      reduce the chance of damage from vehicles. In addition, the            beautiful landmark.
      Visitor s Center Improv ements                                        Histor ic al M ar k er Dedic ated                         distinctive stylistic features and examples of skilled crafts-
Visitors to Oakland Cemetery will notice some improve-                      at Oak l a nd                                             manship that characterize the pool have been re-created.                     Tor nado Cle a nup
ments around the Visitors Center. First, as part of its green         On August 25 a new historical marker was dedicated at               The fountain was originally purchased by the City                  The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA)
initiative, Oakland Cemetery has designed and installed               Oakland Cemetery. The culmination of a two-year effort,         of Atlanta, Office of Cemetery Commission in 1913 from                 has given Oakland a deadline of Oct. 14 to complete our
its first-ever bicycle rack near the Bell Tower. The graceful         the marker recognizes Oakland as a historically signifi-        J.L. Mott Iron Works. It was a replica of an original terra            storm cleanup. In addition to the numerous volunteers
design is based on one of our historic benches crafted by             cant place in Georgia history. The idea was proposed to the     cotta fountain from Italy that was displayed at the Centennial         who pitched in to clear building debris (see article and
Stewart Iron Works Company of Kentucky. Not only will                 Historic Oakland Foundation and the Georgia Historical          Exposition in Philadelphia. The fountain depicts a boy and             photo, page 7), a team of professionals has undertaken the
the new eight-slot bike rack encourage visitors to arrive at          Society by the Garden Club of Georgia, Dogwood Division.        girl standing on a rock under an open umbrella. A pipe stem            enormous task of ridding the landscape of tree limbs,
the cemetery on their bicycles rather than in cars, but it also       After the Atlanta Urban Design Commission approved the          feeds fresh water through a jet, allowing water to gently drip         stumps and uprooted trees. In late spring the Georgia
gives visitors a safe, designated place to park the bikes and         project, the task was undertaken to describe Oakland in a       off the tips of the umbrella into the pool below. The historical       Department of Corrections provided inmate labor to cut
will eliminate the unsafe practice of leaning bicycles against        little more than 100 words. The result can now be seen to the   information was compiled as part of the Smithsonian                    and pile scattered limbs for removal. In midsummer
railings, walls or other structures.                                  north of the main entrance at the intersection of Oakland       American Art Museum’s Inventories of American Painting                 Arborguard Tree Specialists arrived to safely remove any
    Walkways around the Visitors Center have been                     Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. It’s a two-sided       and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and            hanging limbs and cut down trees deemed too damaged by
repaired, and guests will notice new iron handrails leading           marker that can be read from the sidewalks both outside and     location information on artworks by American artists in                the storm to survive. One small silver lining: we were able
up to the Bell Tower’s covered porch and front door. The              inside of the cemetery’s walls.                                 public and private collections worldwide.                              to donate some of the fallen logs to the elephants at Zoo
railings include a volute (decorative element) at each end                                                                                Three companies provided invaluable in-kind services               Atlanta, who enjoy playing with them. We also gave wood
that symbolizes power and is found on some of Oakland’s                                                                               for asphalt removal, irrigation and electrical work on this            to wood turners and artists to make items that will be sold
historical monuments. The railings will offer additional                                                                              project. They are The Reynolds Method, Pavement Main-                  to raise money for repairs.
support to visitors ascending or descending the stairs.                                                                               tenance, J.W. Ayers Plumbing, Inc. and CDC Electric, Inc.

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    The Historic Oakland Foundation lost a longtime supporter
    this spring with the death of Louise Richardson Allen. For many
    years, Mrs. Allen was a supporter and member of Oakland’s Board                                                                       We couldn’t have done it without our volunteers, interns and staff! Thanks to you all, including
    of Advisors. She died June 7 and is buried at Oakland Cemetery.                                                                       (right photo, L–R) interns Libby Barwick and Thomas Hale and Oakland restoration technician Dustin Hornsby.

      ch air per son’s let ter                                         with our internal restoration staff. The removal of downed       Volunteer s a nd support                                                  Visitor s Center a nd
      (continued from page 1)                                          trees and debris has cleared the roadways and begun to                                                                                     Museum Shop
    Please make it a point to come out to the cemetery soon.           restore the visual beauty of the cemetery. Restoration magi-     Three cheers and more for the dedicated                             The best place to begin a visit to Oakland Cemetery is at the
Attend one of the lectures, followed by a tour, and then               cians Kevin Kuharic and Dustin Hornsby, along with City          volunteers who made such a difference                               Visitors Center and Museum Shop in the Bell Tower. Here
dinner in one of the many great restaurants in the area.               Sexton Sam Reed, have juggled arborists and inmates to           in Oakland’s cleanup efforts following the                          you will find self-guided tour information, maps, brochures
October will feature a burst of enjoyable activities. Bring a          ensure all emergency tree removal was done professionally                                                                            and helpful volunteers to answer your questions and point
                                                                                                                                        spring tornado.
friend who has never been to Oakland, or someone who may               and properly. And no one was sawed in half or disappeared!                                                                           you in the right direction. Burial records are kept here, in
be interested in becoming a member. Or just come and                       Kudos and thank-yous go out to ALL of our tightrope-         Kevin Kuharic, Oakland’s director of restoration and land-          case you wish to look up a specific gravesite.
walk your dog or sit and experience the tranquility of the             walking, death-defying volunteers, who have done every-          scapes, estimates that the volunteers donated 400–500 hours             Plan some time to browse in the Museum Shop before
park. While you are here, be sure to check out our progress.           thing for us—except maybe allowing themselves to be shot         of labor this spring and summer to clean Oakland’s grounds          you leave. Oakland boasts one of the only museum stores
Phase II of the restoration, including the Out in the Rain             out of a cannon—in order to restart our weekend cleanup          of building debris, most of which was blown onsite from             in the country affiliated with a historic cemetery, and the
fountain, is near completion; we will add landscaping                  days, tours and special events schedule.                         structures demolished or damaged nearby during the storm.           assortment of merchandise is as unique as the shop itself.
later in the autumn.                                                       Finally, let’s have a bow from the financial acrobats: our   Volunteers cleared and removed broken glass, roofing mate-              Visitors Center and Museum Shop hours vary season-
    I would like to close by adding my thanks to you, the              members, donors, board and community partners who have           rials, wood debris, flashing, ceiling tiles, nails and even a       ally. Visit to confirm times.
members of the Foundation, for it is your support that makes           been so generous to our tornado relief efforts and annual        telephone and floor lamp! Many thanks to our wonderful
all of the above possible. And I can only attempt to express           fund. Your generosity has enabled us to keep all of our          volunteers for performing this outstanding service for the                Volunteer at Oak l a nd
my gratitude toward our hardworking board committees,                  Oakland activities funded and our eyes on the mission.           City of Atlanta and Oakland’s visitors.                             Volunteers are always needed to staff the Visitors Center
our dedicated staff and our loyal volunteers. It is an honor to            Please come see the progress we have made, now that                                                                              and welcome guests to Oakland Cemetery. If you’d like to
work with such a splendid group of people.                             the “circus” has left town. As you see from the newsletter             Join Us!                                                      donate some time to help, please contact Mary Woodlan at

May B. Hollis                                                          articles and inserts, exciting special events are planned for    Oakland Cemetery is a member-supported city park.                   (404) 688-2107 or
Chairperson, Historic Oakland Foundation                               the fall. But don’t wait until then—Oakland was designed         Your participation is needed to continue the restoration of
                                                                       to be enjoyed year-round! Our volunteer guides are waiting       Atlanta’s oldest historic landmark. Please consider joining               wish list
      Moor e on Oak l a nd                                             to take you on a weekend tour, and self-guided maps are          or upgrading your membership to the Historic Oakland                If you would like to donate one or more of the items on our
One never knows how capable he or she is until faced with              available any day of the week in the Visitors Center. You can    Foundation. Individual memberships begin at $40 per year,           wish list, or fund the cost for us to purchase something,
adversity. It’s been quite a historic three-ring circus here zat       also plan your civic, church, family or neighborhood group       and family memberships start at $65 per year.                       please contact
Oakland the past few months, and I didn’t realize our organi-          tour any weekday to suit your particular interests. Check out        Membership includes free guided tours, the quarterly             • New or used golf cart in good repair
zation included so many very capable “big top” performers!    for all the latest information to        newsletter, a discount on purchases at the Museum Shop               • Antique or antique-looking desk, table and rocking chair
    Board Chairperson May B. Hollis has been a ringmaster,             help you plan your next visit.                                   and free admission to certain special events. Benefits               • Handheld global positioning system (GPS)
keeping all of our city, state and FEMA tornado recovery               David Moore                                                      increase with the level of membership. You can join online           • Old wooden golf clubs and bag—Bobby Jones era
partners and preservationists on track and on the same page            Executive Director, Historic Oakland Foundation                  at or call (404) 688-2107.                   • Old Coca-Cola bottles, Coke paraphernalia—circa 1886

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    T(404) 688-2107
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                                                                                                         Support Oakl and’s R estor ation

                                                                                                         Despite the terrible devastation caused by
                                                                                                         the March 14 tornado, the restoration of
                                                                                                         Oakland Cemetery is moving forward.
                                                                                                         Your financial gifts are more important than
                                                                                                         ever as we work to bring the cemetery back to
                                                                                                         its former glory. Please consider making a
                                                                                                         donation to the Historic Oakland Foundation
                                                                                                         online at or by
            set in stone at oak l a nd                                                                   calling us at (404) 688-2107.

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