Decatur Cemetery and Park, Decatur, Georgia

Jul 18

Decatur Cemetery and Park, Decatur, Georgia

My mom and I are fascinated by cemeteries. Most people find them spooky, scary or worrisome. I find them interesting, sharing bits of history about the people who lived once upon a time.

The Decatur Cemetery in Decatur, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, is honoring the people at rest here by incorporating the historic cemetery with a city park. The walking tour brochure is called “Lives that Made our City” and features educators, politicians, historians, writers, musicians and more – all people who shaped the city that is even older than the state capitol of Atlanta.

We like to look at the interesting headstones, look at the dates and try to determine what happened to these people. Did they have a happy life? Did they die during a particularly difficult time? Or did they pass away from natural causes, their friends and family close?

The park is a very quiet and peaceful place. Squirrels and chipmunks were climbing trees and running between the headstones on the ground. We saw a rabbit and several birds nesting in the area. A pond lies at the bottom of this peaceful area, between the rolling hills, and several benches are placed in strategic spots for anyone who wishes to sit, rest and contemplate.

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Several beautiful flower arrangements and toys – miniature tea sets and action figures – were left on the graves to remember family members lost. I also found a geocache box at the foot of a carved cross in the oldest section of the cemetery.

We weren’t able to spend a lot of time there, only about 45 minutes before I had to leave for the airport and catch my flight back to San Antonio. But it was a peaceful and interesting time spent with my mom doing something we both enjoy. If you’re interested in historical places or just want a quiet place to spend some time outside of Atlanta, I recommend the Decatur City Cemetery and Park.

See the rest of my pictures in my Dropbox photo album.

*Park is open seven days a week, dawn to dark.

*Leashed pets are allowed in the park. Doggie waste bags are available.

*Walking tour brochures can be downloaded from the website or picked up at the cemetery office outside.

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One comment

  1. When I lived back in Arkansas I was very active outdoors and often hiked out and camped in the mountains. You would come across these little cemeteries just in the middle of no where – miles from civilization in the mountains. I always thought those were fascinating.

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