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Historic Oakwood Cemetery

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Address: 701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601-1161
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+1 919-832-6077
08:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Thu 08:00 - 16:00
Fri 08:00 - 15:00

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Lovely place - plan before visiting

This is a beautiful and well-maintained large cemetery. There is a map brochure, which you should be able to get in printed form from a box outside the office, although sometimes... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 January 2017
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is a beautiful and well-maintained large cemetery. There is a map brochure, which you should be able to get in printed form from a box outside the office, although sometimes it runs out -- but it is also available online. The map will help you find the graves of notable persons and families, but I had some difficulty matching... More 

Thank sc_rodriguez
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Fascinating cemetery with beautiful, well-kept grounds and architecture - including stone archways. There's even a tale that I'd heard that one of the stone angels is supposed to be haunted - to have been seen with the head turning round and round in the middle of the night. Many beautiful old headstones are there along with other stone angels and... More 

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Garner, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Raleigh, like many southern cities, established this cemetery when she began repatriating Confederate soldiers from distant battlefields. Located within easy walking distance of the Governor's Mansion, it is still one of the most desirable places to be buried by Raleigh's elite today. One of the things I like so much about the cemetery is the variety of stones and statues.... More 

1 Thank angsw72
Mechanicsville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Worth a look see for the beautiful grounds, interesting headstones and memorials. In a really neat historic neighborhood too!

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

This is a gorgeous cemetery with graves ranging from the early 1800s to modern times. For any person who loves history, military graves, or is able to simply appreciate the beauty there is in death and mouring, this is a fantastic visit. There are also a variety of graves; this place is very much an interfaith cemetery. I spotted old... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

I always try and see at least one odd tourist spot when visiting a different city, and this certainly fits this category. While a bit morbid, it was recommended to me by people nearby and it was an interesting take. I walked the rolling hills and viewed the final resting places dating from the Civil War and before. I would... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful cemetery! Wonderful for walking around. Family reunion- grandchildren got to see family plot. Enjoyed confederate burial area. Beautiful and historical

Thank Susan C
Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Offered by the cemetery association. Fascinating insight into Raleigh and North Carolina history. Many well known and lesser known people here, most with interesting stories.

Thank NearRTP
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Lovely little cemetery. Nice place to walk and to take pictures. The landscaping is beautiful. Thin curvy roads make driving difficult at busy times, but still livable.

Thank sienaphd
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I've been here many, many times. There is an abundance of history here for locals as well as tourists. Many famous historical figures and important people from the Raleigh area are interned here. Maps are available to help you navigate. There are flashlight tours during the evening which are conducted in the Fall. Call the cemetery for dates.

Thank Lefty4751

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