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Everlasting Love Lives On At Oakland Cemetery

Susan and Scott Boyd guide the onlookers through the Oakland Cemetery for their Valentines Day special on their resident's "love stories."
Susan and Scott Boyd guide the onlookers through the Oakland Cemetery for their Valentines Day special on their resident's "love stories."
Credit Summer Evans / WABE

What better way to reminiscence on everlasting love than at the Oakland Cemetery?

The cemetery recounts the loves, lives and losses of past Atlantans by hosting quarterly love story tours.

Oakland Cemetery has been the final resting place for thousands of souls since the early 1800s. Of those thousands of residents lies prominent figures like pro-golfer Bobby Jones, 27 Atlanta mayors and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Margaret Mitchell. Two of the docents, Susan and Scott Boyd guide their guests throughout the burial grounds while dressed in full Victorian-Era attire. While telling the resident’s stories at selected grave sites, they also break out into reenactments of how the people might have interacted.

Scott Boyd, a docent at the cemetery, says Because there’s 70,000 people we say there’s 70,000 stories.

City Lights producer Summer Evans went down to the burial ground to observe their Valentine’s Day special.

Oakland hosts weekly cemetery story tours on various topics.