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There are numerous graves and memorial markers of veterans of Revolutionary War and over 100 graves of Civil War veterans. The most famous and most visited grave is that of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet. Among the other famous buried in the Alta Vista Cemetery are:
There are also two men for whom two Georgia counties were named interred in Alta Vista Cemetery.
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Alta Vista is a perpetual-care cemetery. It has been in continuous operation for over 140 years. The cemetery is well laid out with all gravesites being relatively close to a paved street, making them easily accessible. Alta Vista Cemetery is filled with historical, interesting graves and monuments. The cemetery allows above-ground monuments on lots of two or more spaces.
Alta Vista Cemetery recently completed an expansion that should provide spaces for the next 20 years. The cemetery still has land that hasn’t been developed, but can be converted into burial spaces as needed.
Alta Vista Cemetery consists of about 75 developed acres. It includes the original cemetery, one private cemetery (the old Woodlawn Cemetery) and at least one family cemetery.
In-ground burial spaces range from $1,200-$1,500. Mausoleum crypt and niche spaces range from $3,910-$12,420 and $700-$1,450, respectively. Columbarium niches are also available. Additional fees may apply.
Alta Vista Cemetery’s new mausoleum offers citizens a full range of burial options. In some cases, it costs less to be interred in the mausoleum than in a ground space. Mausoleum or niche spaces are also the typical burial choice for some people who have moved to Gainesville from other parts of the United States or other countries.
The Alta Vista Cemetery office is located at 521 Jones St. You can enter the cemetery off Jesse Jewell Parkway during daylight hours.