Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Oconee Hill Cemetery
Oconee Hill Cemetery was purchased in 1855 by the City of Athens when further burials were prohibited in the old town cemetery on land owned by The University of Georgia. In 1856, the City formed a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees to hold and manage in trust the original purchase of 17 acres on the west side of the North Oconee River as a public cemetery for the benefit of the town. In 1860 original Trustees A.P. Dearing, H. Hull, Jr., T.R.R. Cobb, F. W. Lucas, and P.E. Moore were granted a charter by act of the Georgia General Assembly. The cemetery is still governed by successor Trustees. In early years, graves from the old town cemetery and many county family cemeteries were moved to Oconee Hill. When more land was needed by 1898, the Trustees bought 81.8 acres on the east side of the river. Adjoining the old part of Oconee Hill is the cemetery of the Congregation Children of Israel and a section dedicated by the Athens Manufacturing Company known as the Factory Burying Ground. Tombstones of soldiers of all America’s wars are found in Oconee Hill and on monuments are found the names of many citizens of Athens illustrious in the history of this city, state, and nation.
Erected 2001 by Thomas Miller Chapter, National Society, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century.
Location. Touch for map. The marker is located due east (and in the shadow) of Sanford Stadium, the University of Georgia football stadium. Marker is in this post office area: Athens GA 30602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lt. Col. Jefferson M. Lamar, C.S.A. (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Navy Pre-Flight School (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Athens Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Home of the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old College (approx. 0.4 miles away); Abraham Baldwin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of First Classes (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Garden Club (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 470 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 10, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.