Oakwood Cemetery
Charlottesville Va Parks and Grounds

Oakwood is one of two public cemeteries maintained by the city, the other being Maplewood Cemetery.  Other cemeteries in the area are privately owned. Internments began in 1883.

Oakwood Cemetery is located just off of Elliott Avenue and is bordered on the north by Oak Street and on the east by 1st Street. Containing massive oak trees and a lovely perennial garden at the cemetery building, Oakwood is an inviting green space within the surrounding neighborhood.  Many prominent citizens, including Benjamin Tonsler for whom Tonsler Park is named, are buried here.  Oakwood Cemetery once included the Hebrew Cemetery, located across 1st Street from Oakwood, but the cemetery was deeded over to the Congregation Beth Israel in 1980.  The oldest section of Oakwood is located across Oak Street from the main section of the cemetery.  Many indigent and unknown citizens are buried there, but though their graves are unmarked they are protected by the sheltering stone walls that line the cemetery.  Walk slowly through Oakwood, and as you read the gravestones you can imagine lives long past but well-lived and loved.   

The cemetery is open 7AM to 8PM.

Dogs are not allowed in the cemetery.

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Oakwood Cemetery

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Revised 5/18/01 by Stowe Keller


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