Bonaventure Cemetery In Savannah

3.01.2015

It wasn't all shopping when we were on our girls' weekend. Nope, we took in some nature, too. My mom wanted to walk around a bit and she suggested Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah. I mean what better place to walk around and enjoy the fresh air and some peace and quiet than in a cemetery? My mom had been before, but this was my first time. It is a huge very old cemetery filled with beautiful oaks covered in Spanish moss. Enjoy the photos I snapped.













I snapped this one of my mom checking out the place.

This is Gracie. This was such a sweet memorial for a little girl who lost her life way too young.

Here is the story about Gracie.



I love the patina of all these beautiful headstones.






I hope you enjoyed your nature walk today. This was just a very small portion of Bonaventure Cemetery. I'm sure it is beautiful in the spring, summer and fall, but it was nice in winter, too. This was our warmest day of the trip.

Have you toured Bonaventure? Do you like to tour cemeteries?

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31 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos Kim. I have not been to that cemetery. Next time we go to Savannah I will check it out.

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  2. Gorgeous photos! I love old cemeteries!

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  3. What beautiful memorials. That little statue of Gracie is endearing!

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  4. The headstones are just beautiful! My sister lived next door to a cemetary for several years and loved how quiet it was:) The picture of Gracie's statue stopped me in my tracks. We had neighbors 2 doors down while growing up who had 14 children. Their little girl, Gracie was killed right outside the house when she ran out into the street. That was so sad. Since then the Mom (who is still alive) has buried 5 children. I have no idea how she got through all that.

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  5. I too like to tour old cemeteries! I wished I lived closer and able to tour this one!

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  6. Savannah is on our list of places to visit. Old cemeteries are a favorite for us, so we'd be sure to visit this one. I love the old headstones and monuments that have so much character compared to what we see today. We've stopped at gravestones along the Natchez Trace, we visit a cemetery called Edgefield in Mississippi that's out in the middle of absolutely nowhere because my husband's kin are buried there, and I have walked the stone garden on Mackinac Island in Michigan. I have even written a piece about a funeral and burial that was published in a small town paper in Mississippi. These places are just so spiritual to me and seem to call me wherever I go. Might as well get used to the idea, heh ? :-)

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  7. I absolutely love these photographs - They are mesmerizing and haunting at the same time. I've never been to the Bonadventure but I will put it on my bucket list. It's brings to mind the book, "Midnight in the Garden of Evil". Thanks for sharing <3

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  8. Such beautiful headstones and sculptures. Love the oaks with the moss.

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  9. Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y me ha encantado.
    Te animo a hacer una ojeada en el post de esta semana y seguro que veras algunas ideas realmente interesantes.Deseo que te guste y si es así me alegraria que te hicieras seguidora. gracias por visitarme.
    Elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

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  10. Thanks for sharing. And I love visiting old cemeterys definitely putting this one on my list !

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  11. Hi- it was so interesting to see the age of this cemetery. I too like to see the different memorials.Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Just so evocative, so indicative of the lifestyle lived in those days by residents of the South. New Orleans calls this to mind in a huge way for me. My dream is to one day visit Charleston during their annual home tour of the old antebellum homes. xx's my dear..

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  13. I also enjoy old cemeteries......beautiful history, and love the character of the old headstones. We have a very old one here called, Mt. Hope Cemetery, just wonderful to visit!!

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  14. We always take our out of town visitors to Bonaventure Cemetery. It's prettiest in the spring and summer, but it's still beautiful any time of year. The DAR cemetery downtown, Colonial Park, is worth a look, too, although it's nowhere near as large. Give it a try the next time you're in town!

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  15. Your pictures turned out so pretty! It was fun to walk around that cemetery.

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  16. I've never been to Savannah and would love to visit someday. Thanks for this eerily beautiful tour Kim! I love the story of gracie and her statue, sad, but I feel like she's a little angel watching over the cemetery !

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  17. Thanks for this beautiful tour, Kim! Gracie and the the other statues and headstones are so pretty, great pics!

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  18. used to love wondering in very old places like these. In Maine some tombstones date back to 1600's and have very funny sayings.
    yvonne

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  19. We don't often visit cemeteries, but is this the one where the Savannah girl statue is? On the waterfront? If so, we have been there. One of the sites from the "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". We enjoy Savannah (not as much as her sister city Charleston), but I've never really shopped there. Always seeing the sights, enjoying the food (did you eat at the Old Pink House?), and the ocean.

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  20. I've always loved cemeteries.

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  21. This cemetery is gorgeous Kim. I too love all the headstones and the patina. So beautiful. Such a sweet story of Gracie. So sad so many children died so young from things we have cures for today. Loved going along on the tour with your pics.
    Kris

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  22. Beautiful..I missed this one. Where in savannah is it located?

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    1. Outside the city. I put the address in my GPS and just went where it told me. Not sure where I was.

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  23. When we lived in Charleston, I would always walk through the old downtown cemeteries. The headstones and statues are so elaborate and beautiful. It's so interesting to read all the old dates, so much history.

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  24. I could wander around in old cemeteries for hours! Headstones and memorials of yesterday are so much more interesting than those of today! Loved seeing your photos!

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  25. Yes, I've been to this beautiful cemetery! I sat on the bench of poet Conrad Aiken's grave. Did you see it while you were there? It's such a pretty, peaceful cemetery and the oaks dripping with Spanish moss make it dreamy and ethereal.

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  26. Nice photos! yes, I've been to this cemetery a couple of springs ago. everything was in bloom. it was hauntingly beautiful with all the magnificent stonework and the hanging moss from the trees. Charleston, SC has some beautiful cemeteries too.

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  27. Beautiful pictures, Kim! I, too, love old cemeteries. Here in Richmond we have a real treasure called "Hollywood Cemetery." Presidents Monroe and Tyler are buried there, along with 28 Confederate generals, including the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, and General J.E.B. Stuart. It's a beautiful, peaceful place and I hope you get to visit it one day.

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  28. Love Bonaventure cemetery...it has the most magnificent headstones and sculptures....and love reading the headstones...I so remember a very long time ago when the rubbing of great headstones were the rage...

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  29. It's a stunning cemetery. We have been there too. My boys dreaded every second of it and could not understand at the time why in the world we wanted to go there. They were actually sad to see all the young kids and babies that were buried there. It is stunning, peaceful and very thought provoking.

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