Oakdale Cemetery, Hendersonville

Oakdale Cemetery is a historic city cemetery and national historic district located at Hendersonville, Henderson County, North Carolina. It was established in 1885, and has approximately 5,400 burials. The property includes the original 1885 white section and 1885 African American section, along with a number of additions made into the 1950s. It includes a section for Agudas Israel Synagogue - Hendersonville's sole Jewish congregation. Historic contributing resources include the cemetery, a frame, octagonal pavilion dating from the turn of the 20th century; a 20th-century, rectangular brick mausoleum with a flat roof and terra cotta coping; a large Neoclassical concrete mausoleum, built in 1951; and a 1950s maintenance building. It includes the Italian marble angel statue which served as the inspiration for Thomas Wolfe's first novel, Look Homeward, Angel (1929).It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.
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  • Enough people speak of the Angel, but my favorite thing about this cemetery is that it is elevated just a bit and has a lovely view of the sunrise. I'm lucky enough to live nearby and always drive 64 ...  more »
  • we went here to research some past ancestors and to view the angel stone. lots of beautiful markers and historic figures rest here  more »
  • A beautiful pair of carvings which are said to have _inspired_ Look Homeward Angel, i.e. it is NOT Wolfe's grave but a marker his father made. If the quote means something to you, go. It's a small cem...  more »
  • The Homeward Angel is a must see for anyone interested in literature.
  • It's nearby and massive
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