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This historic cemetery was founded in 1856 as a replacement burial ground from the existing Historic Jackson Street Cemetery. This site is the resting place of many notable Athenians and Georgians. Located next to Sanford Stadium and the University of Georgia Athens campus, this site contains elaborate Victorian Style funerary markers and mausoleums that have withstood the test of time. This cemetery was designed following the Rural Cemetery Model and encompasses 99 acres. Also on the cemetery grounds is the historic Sexton House, the George E. King Iron Truss bridge which was constructed in 1899 that links the older section of the cemetery to the newer section across the river and a well house build by the Bisson family of granite from their own quarry.


  • Ornate Victorian tomb stone
  • Crawford Long tomb stone
  • Confederate Lt. grave site
  • Marker describing the Iron Truss bridge that connects the older section of the cemetery to the newer
  • Iron Truss Bridge circa 1899
  • Mausoleum in Jewish section of cemetery
  • Jewish headstone
  • Ornate Victorian tomb stone
  • Beautiful Iron Work
  • University of Georgia Dean William Tate grave site
  • Confederate Lt. grave site
  • Crawford Long tomb stone
  • University of Georgia Dean William Tate grave site
  • Iron Truss Bridge
  • Mausoleum in Jewish section of cemetery
  • Jewish headstone
  • Horse water trough
  • World War One memorial
  • Young Harris grave site

Founded in Fall 1856, the same year the old Jackson Street Cemetery closed its gates, the historic Oconee Hill Cemetery overlooks the Oconee River and can be seen from Sanford Stadium and the University of Georgia campus. This cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the oldest cemeteries in Athens. The Oconee Hill Cemetery is the resting place of many famous individuals who were pivotal in the founding of this city. Many of their names names can be seen all over campus and town. Other notables that are buried on these grounds include Crawford Long who is best known as the father of anesthesia, Ben Epps, who built and flew the first airplane in Georgia, Ricky Wilson who was the lead guitarist for the Athens band, the B-52's, Young L.G. Harris, the name sake of Young Harris College and former Governor of Georgia, Wilson Lumpkin.
 Once inside of the cemetery, visitors will encounter a water trough that was used when individuals would visit the cemetery on horseback. Other landmarks that can be found in the cemetery include a memorial for unknown Confederate soldiers who were lost in combat, a World War One memorial and various identification markers that make finding sections of interest more easily accessible for visitors. When the cemetery was originally designed, it was segregated into sections by various religions and races. If looking for specific sections of the cemetery, detailed maps  are provided at the Sexton House that show where to find these various places of interest. Some of the different sections that can be found in the Oconee Hill Cemetery are sections for: factory workers, African Americans, the Congregation Children of Israel and pauper sections. Throughout the cemetery, architectural styles such as Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, High Victorian Gothic, and Egyptian Revival can be seen in the many funerary markers found along the curving and meandering paths. Many of the large monuments along with more modest markers can be found dating back to the mid nineteenth century. The beauty and serenity of this site is something that is hard to put into words. 

“Explore Athens' Past.” Oconee Hill Cemetery, www.oconeehillcemetery.com/.
Marshall, Charlotte Thomas. Oconee Hill Cemetery of Athens, Georgia. Vol. 1, Athens Historical Society, 2009.
“Oconee Hill Cemetery.” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/13000291.htm.