Vintage Fascination No. 93 – Bonaventure Cemetery

While down on the Georgia coast I visited Bonaventure Cemetery.

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Bonaventure Cemetery is not Savannah’s oldest cemetery but it is one of its most beautiful.  From the Bonaventure Cemetery Historical Society website this quote sums it up best

 “Quintessentially Southern Gothic, it has captured the imaginations of writers, poets, naturalists, photographers and filmmakers for more than 150 years. Part natural cathedral, part sculptural garden, Bonaventure transcends time.”

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Bonaventure was the home of the “Bird Girl” statue which became famous after it appeared on the cover of John Berendt’s book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  I went looking for the statue years ago after I read the book but it had already been moved to the Telfair Museum of Art.

What follows is mostly photos so if you find cemeteries spooked you may want to close this post and come back another day.  Described as hauntingly beautiful I’ll let you judge for yourself.

Evergreen Circle

Lawton Lady

Angel

Beautiful Lady

 Dieter

Mercer

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Beautiful Cemetery Lane

Bonaventure 1

Multi Grave

Lawton near bluff

Children

Little Angel

Bonaventure Bluff

Bonaventure Bluff overlooking the Wilmington River.

 Named to the National Registry of Historic Places in 2001 Bonaventure Cemetery is one of Savannah’s favorite historical treasures.

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  1. Gorgeous! It is beautiful and looks so peaceful. If you ever make it to Richmond, Va you must visit Hollywood Cemetery. It is a garden or park type setting and a long historical presence. Several presidents are buried there. It overlooks the James River.

    • Thank you Beth. I love Virginia so much and have visited there often. Unfortunately, I haven’t really had the opportunity to spend any time in Richmond but after your comment I plan to change that soon.

  2. I enjoy old cemeteries too. This one is especially beautiful. Nice photography too, Sharon.

  3. Sharon, I visited this charming place with my Mom in 2012. It was before I began blogging, but I took some of the same photos. It really is lovely!

  4. How beautiful! The baby markers are so sweet. Very quaint. I love looking at old grave markers. There are quite a few in the small cemetery where my parents and grandparents and great-grandparents are laid to rest. Others are people I knew when I was growing up. The markers that people choose are so interesting–some very plain, some quite fancy, some almost over-done. This little cemetery isn’t graced with the gorgeous statues like in the Bonaventure Cemetery, tho. I loved seeing those in your post. Thanks for showing another beautiful place to visit.

    • It is so sad that there are so many baby and children’s markers in the cemetery. It makes me thankful for all the advances in medicine that saves us and our children from childhood illnesses that killed so many children during the 1800’s and early 1900’s.

  5. Took our Girl Scouts to Savannah, the birthplace of Juliette Low. Would love to go back. It’s a beautiful city, mysterious and full of history.

    • It is a lovely city rich in history. I tried to get a photo of the Juliette Gordon Low house but couldn’t find a parking space.

  6. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Such a lovely cemetery. I live across the road from an old church and cemetery so I don’t find them spooky at all. Kind of peaceful actually.

  8. I love cemeteries, Sharon! Bonaventure is hauntingly beautiful, just as you said it would be. I’d love to visit it some day. Great shots–

  9. I like anything around Savannah Georgia, I first went there in 1997 after the movie came out Midnight In The Garden Of Good and Evil.
    Then went back 3 times by myself to enjoy the history of the city
    thanks for sharing

  10. Such a beautiful cemetery! I remember visiting it as a girl, when we lived in Savannah. It was always beautiful in the spring when the azaleas were blooming. Thanks for the trip down memory lane…

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