Currently 40 acres in size, the Douglas Cemetery began with a donation of land from the Peterson family in the early 1860s. In 1930, Warren P. Ward, author of "Ward's History of Coffee County," described the Douglas cemetery as one of the most beautiful in South Georgia. He gave credit to the ladies of Douglas for such beauty.
Tall Italian Cypress trees reach more than 50 feet toward blue skies. Although not native to the area, the presence of these stately trees is the result of a community volunteer landscape program during the early 1900s.
Individuals from all walks of life are buried in the cemetery: 35 former Douglas mayors, many Coffee County sheriffs, senators, representatives, and former commissioners from Douglas and Coffee County. John Strickland Gibson, a former United States Congressman who was instrumental in writing and passing into law the G.I. Bill of Rights, is buried here. At least 7,000 individuals are buried in the Douglas Cemetery, beginning with the burial of David Kirkland (one of Douglas' first merchants) in 1865 and Lucinda Lott (who died in 1848 but was relocated to the cemetery in the late 1860s).
Hours of Operation
Sunday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Monday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Thursday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Friday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Saturday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Admission & Fees
Free Parking, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Self-guided Tours
Family-friendly, Free Admission , Open Year 'Round
Suitable for Ages