Decatur Cemetery

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Decatur Cemetery
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Decatur Cemetery is located in Atlanta
Decatur Cemetery
Decatur Cemetery is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Decatur Cemetery
Decatur Cemetery is located in the US
Decatur Cemetery
Location 229 Bell St., Decatur, Georgia
Coordinates 33°46′56″N 84°17′32″W / 33.78222°N 84.29222°W / 33.78222; -84.29222Coordinates: 33°46′56″N 84°17′32″W / 33.78222°N 84.29222°W / 33.78222; -84.29222
Area 54 acres (22 ha)
Built 1826[2]
Architect Scott, Robert et al.; Pauley, W.C.
NRHP Reference # 97000459[1]
Added to NRHP May 23, 1997

The Decatur Cemetery is a historic graveyard within the City of Decatur, Georgia.


The Decatur Cemetery is the oldest burial ground in the Atlanta metropolitan area, and it is believed to have been used even before Decatur's 1823 incorporation.

In 1832, an act by the local legislature created “Commissioners for the Decatur Burial Ground.”[3][2] Numerous Civil War veterans were buried in the Decatur Cemetery, mostly in the 8-acre (3.2 ha) region now referred to as, "The Old Cemetery". The Cemetery's "Well House" was built in 1881.


The Decatur Cemetery has expanded to 54 acres (22 ha)[4] and contains well over 20,000 graves. A special section exists for cremated burials; the cemetery also contains a pond stocked with fish. This pond is also home to swans, ducks and turtles, and is a stopping place for Canada geese on migration. The cemetery is bordered by a several acre forest, which borders the Glennwood Estates neighborhood.


The forested ravine east of the cemetery includes a newly completed pedestrian path that winds over a branch of Peachtree Creek. A small waterfall is just south of the southern bridge.

At the southeast corner of the cemetery is found a grove of giant bamboo, some with trunks over 20 cm in diameter. A short path leads through this grove to the end of the Ponce de Leon Court Historic District.

Notable graves[edit]



  1. ^ Thomas, Kenneth H., Jr. (April 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Decatur Cemetery" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved April 22, 2017.  With 24 photos from March 1997
  2. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 7.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "DeKalb County Historical Markers - Historic Decatur Cemetery". GeorgiaInfo - An Online Georgia Almanac. University System of Georgia. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Decatur Cemetery". City of Decatur, GA. Decatur, Georgia. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Decatur Cemetery - Lives that Made our City - Walking Tour" (PDF). Decatur, Georgia. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Thomas 1997, p. 17.
  7. ^ "Dr. Sledd Paid Final Tribute," The Atlanta Constitution, p. 16A (March 19, 1939). Retrieved November 4, 2015. (subscription required)

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