Historic Heartland / Athens

Oconee Hill Cemetery

297 Cemetery St
Athens, GA 30605

706-543-6262


Oconee Hill Cemetery is nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding examples of Victorian cemeteries in the nation. The addition of intricate ironwork and statuary in the 19th century enhanced the cemetery's natural landscape plan. The cemetery was purchased in 1855 by the city of Athens when further burials were prohibited in the old town cemetery on land owned by the University of Georgia. In 1856, the city formed a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees to hold and manage in trust the original purchase of 17 acres on the west side of the North Oconee River as a public cemetery for the benefit of the town. The grassy and rolling terrain with woods, flowing water and scenic vistas makes Oconee Hill a pleasant place to visit and stroll among the graves of many notable Georgians including governors, University presidents, veterans, and Congressmen. Oconee Hill is still an active cemetery, and lots are available for sale. Tours, picnics and outings are allowed with the approval of the cemetery staff.

Info & Amenities

  • Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Free Admission

    Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly