The Haunted Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA
It being Halloween, I thought it was the best time to share one of my favorite creepy spots ever! The Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia lies right outside of town on a scenic overlook of the Wilmington River. Having visited during the summer of 2018, my dear friend Christine told me about this spooky place. Until this moment, I had never seen a Cemetery that had so much not only ABOVE ground, but the Mausoleums seemed to outnumber the tombstones.
As Christine and I walked around, we heard bells ringing and it freaked me out a bit. I had read an article about how back in the day, sometimes they weren’t sure the dead was actually, well, dead. Yeah, I know, can you imagine? So they devised this bell system in which they tied a string inside the coffin to a bell above the ground. That way if you woke up from your dirt nap, you could ring a bell and I guess hope someone showed up before you lost air? Seriously its terrifying. So yeah we heard bells as we walked around, but we could never hear where they were coming from.
The statues here were something out of a horror movie, and so many with broken fingers or missing heads. What’s pretty cool about this Cemetery is that it was used in the 1994 Novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” and then also the Movie. A famous statue used to be here but with increased popularity and vandalism, they moved it into the town museum.
The most infamous spirit that roams these rows goes by the name “Gracie Watson.” A little girl who died of pneumonia, she became the star attraction of Savannah more in her death than life. For years, people have come to her grave to leave presents, and after damage was being done, the city was forced to add a fence around her grave. A statue of her likeness was made to sit upon her resting place, similiar to the little girl in Graceland, IL.
Why I loved this Cemetery so much is that it reeked of rich design. The fences, the gates, the statues…details that you just don’t see anymore because of the contemporary web our current century is caught in. Enjoy the pics and I HIGHLY recommend a trip to Savannah to not only see this Cemetery, but the city itself is one haunted hotbed!
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