The history of the people buried in Oakwood Cemetery tells the story of Austin. As these people settled in Austin, they helped build the culture of the city, and the Capitol of Texas. Staff research produces digital exhibits which are published quarterly. These exhibits explore a theme. Staff collaborates with community groups and individual subject matter experts to produce content. Cultural events often accompany exhibits.
Oakwood Cemetery holds approximately 23,000 burials within the 40 acres. Approximately 15,000 burials have monuments to mark the location of the burial. All lots were sold to families long ago, but families still bury people in their lots. In 1914, the City of Austin expanded another 18 acres east of Comal Street for the Oakwood Cemetery Annex.
During the Chapel’s public hours, individuals and small groups are welcome to stop by to visit the Chapel and see our exhibits. Many visitors are looking for a specific gravesite, and we are happy to help find it. Maps of the grounds are available in print and online, and we are happy to greet and orient visitors for self-guided tours.
Digital Map of Oakwood Cemetery - interactive app for computers and phones: An aerial map of Oakwood Cemetery with lot and section numbers to help visitors find their way around the cemetery.
Virtual Reality tour of the "Old Grounds," "Historic Colored Grounds" and the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel: