Northeast Georgia Mountains / Gainesville

Alta Vista Cemetery & Longstreet Gravesite

521 Jones St.
1080 Jesse Jewell Pkwy.
Gainesville, GA 30501

  • The Grave site of General James Longstreet

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Alta Vista Cemetery's history began in 1872, when the City of Gainesville purchased 9.25 acres from Allen D. Candler. It is the final resting place of two former Georgia governors, three Revolutionary War soldiers, a NASA astronaut, two U.S. Congressmen, two famous song writers, two men Georgia counties were named after, the Poultry Pioneer Jesse Jewell, a circus performer, a bridge builder, 158 Civil War veterans, an inventor, and numerous other interesting people. However, the most visited grave is that of Lt. General James Longstreet (1821-1904). Lt. Gen. Longstreet made his last home in Gainesville after President Ulysses Grant appointed him to a variety of civil jobs, including that of superintendent of revenue and postmaster of Gainesville. Longstreet was one of Lee's finest commanders and was often referred to as "My Old Warhorse" by Lee.  

Alta Vista is truly a classroom for Georgia history, funerary art, and cemetery design. Please contact us for walking tour information.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission 0.00

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Maps & Brochures Available, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway

    85, 985

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages