“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Decatur in DeKalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Historic Decatur Cemetery

Historic Decatur Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, July 24, 2008
1. Historic Decatur Cemetery Marker
Inscription. The oldest known publicly owned burial ground in metro Atlanta, the Decatur Cemetery is believed to predate the city’s 1823 incorporation. The first written record is an 1832 act of legislature providing “Commissioners for the Decatur Burial Ground.” Expanded many times, the cemetery comprises 58 acres with over 20,000 grave sites. Its appearance dates from an 1881 formal landscaping plan which included well house, wrought iron fencing, and architectural details of Stone Mountain granite. The 7.5 acre “Old Cemetery” contains most 19th century interments and the historic African-American section. Monuments commemorate residents of all social strata, ethnic origins, and veterans of every American war. Here rest Col Milton A. Chandler (1837-1909), legislator & congressman; Dr. Tomas Holley Chivers (1806-1858), physician & poet; Mary A. H. Gay (1828-1918), author of Life in Dixie During the War; the Hon. Charles Murphey (1799-1861), legislator, Congressman, & delegate to the Secession Convention; Col. George Washington Scott (1829-1903), founder of Agnes Scott College; Benjamin F. Swanton (1807-1890), entrepreneur & builder of the Swanton House; and many others who shaped the history of the community.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places 1997.
Historic Decatur Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, July 24, 2008
2. Historic Decatur Cemetery Marker
33° 46.678′ N, 84° 17.509′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is on Commerce Drive (Georgia Route 155) half a mile north of East Ponce De Leon Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located just inside the gate on Commerce Drive in Decatur. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur GA 30030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. July 22, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Decatur (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wheeler’s Cav. at Decatur (approx. 0.3 miles away); DeKalb County (approx. 0.3 miles away); Steatite Boulder (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. 0.3 miles away); Garrard’s Cavalry Raid (approx. 0.3 miles away); Houston Mill Millstone (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Decatur.
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,223 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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