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Atlanta's Historic Westview Cemetery

Atlanta's Historic Westview CemeteryBy Jeff Clemmons
In 1884, several leading citizens purchased 577 acres to open Atlanta's Westview Cemetery. The rolling terrain, part of which was a site in the Civil War battle of Ezra Church, became the final resting place for more than 100,000 people. Prominent locals buried here include Grant Park namesake L.P. Grant, author Joel Chandler Harris, High Museum benefactor Harriet High, Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler Sr. and Havertys founder J.J. Haverty. The cemetery's Westview Abbey mausoleum is one of the nation's largest, with more than eleven thousand crypts. Throughout its history, Westview dabbled in other business ventures, including a cafeteria, a funeral home and an ambulance service. And for decades, the cemetery's Westview Floral Company sold flowers to lot owners and local businesses, leading to its own advice column in the Atlanta Constitution. Author Jeff Clemmons traces the complete history of this treasured necropolis.

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Atlanta's Westview Cemetery

This is a guidebook to Westview Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. The cemetery was founded in 1884, as Oakland Cemetery was nearing capacity. Westview is the largest cemetery in the southeast, featuring the Abbey Mausoleum. The Afterword is by official Atlanta historian Franklin Miller Garrett (1906-2000). His 1987 history of the cemetery, commissioned by Westview and written in 1987, is published here for the first time. Notable burials include Henry Grady, Joel Chandler Harris, Asa Griggs Candler, and William Berry Hartsfield.

ISBN: 9781312271043
Publisher: Vanity Press
Publication date: 25 September 2014
Pages: 175
Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
Dimensions: 7.44" wide x 9.68" tall

Price: $25 (includes S&H)



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