Alta Vista Cemetery


521 Jones St.
Gainesville GA 30501


  • Admission: $0.00

Hours of Operation

  • Monday : 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday : 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday : 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday : 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday : 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday : 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday : 7:00am - 6:00pm
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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. Brochure available.

Facility Amenities
  • Free Parking
  • Self-guided Tours
  • Maps & Brochures Available
Near Interstate Highway
  • 85
  • 985
Special Tags
  • Civil War Site
Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages
Group Amenities
  • Group-Friendly
General Information
  • Family-Friendly
  • Free Admission
  • Open Year 'Round