Photo tour of Bonaventure Cemetery statues, gravestones, decorative iron art, and more. If you enjoy history and visiting cemeteries then Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia is a must see.
I visited Bonaventure while we were staying on Tybee Island. Hubby didn't tour the cemetery with me. He was worn out after several days of sightseeing in Charleston and Savannah. We walked and walked, toured plantations, and visited historical sites for six days so he elected to stay at the cottage and recuperate. He was done.
Bonaventure Cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking the Wilmington River. It is a public cemetery and contains 160 acres. It began as a private cemetery located on a plantation owned by John Mullryne (early to mid 1800’s). The photo above shows one of the many roads, or lanes, in the cemetery. The trees are moss covered and hang over the roads.
The photo above is a view of the Wilmington River from one section of the cemetery.
The cemetery became famous when it was featured in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I told you guys I ordered the book. I’m on page 130. I usually read fiction…detective novels…this book is a little different.
I took a ton of photos but just sharing a few of my favorites in this post. I may share more later.
Grave and Headstone of George Beckmann
I thought the detail on the side of this headstone was interesting. Never did decide what it was meant to be. Maybe ivy?
Cross covered with pebbles
I noticed many of the headstones had pebbles or small rocks on them. I did a little research and learned this is a Jewish custom. One of the most common Jewish cemetery customs is to leave a small stone at the grave of a loved one after saying Kaddish or visiting. Its origins are rooted in ancient times and throughout the centuries the tradition of leaving a visitation stone has become part of the act of remembrance. source
Graves of Peter and Mary Schafer
I spent 2-3 hours in the cemetery so that means I only saw a small percentage of it. I went to the oldest section which was highlighted on the brochure. The monuments in the cemetery were amazing. The cemetery is free to visit and is still in use for burials.
Aaron Wilbur angel monument or statue. I don't know the correct term for all of the headstone designs.
Wouldn’t you like to know the history of the monuments themselves. Like who made them, how long it took, what was the cost?
I thought this area was stunning….all of the white marble …the statue…...and the tall column (not all in the shot).
Minna Holcombe Wife of D.C. Bacon (passed away Feb, 18, 1878)
This is the statue from the last photo. I’m not sure if she was holding a lantern or what. Sad that some of the statuary in the cemetery is damaged.
Lucy Bell Monument
One of my favorites. I especially like the patina.
Herbert Hardee monument. He died in 1894 at the age of 25. Certainly an interesting monument or gravestone.
I loved the colors on these two stones. I don't know what the original finish looked like but the weathered patina is just perfect.
Such a sad looking angel. Just touches my heart.
If you visit Savannah, Tybee Island, or nearby areas I would definitely recommend taking a tour of the cemetery. Even if you just drive through. I think you will find it worth your time.
You might also like to see Drayton Hall and old plantation we visited in Charleston. Drayton Hall is one of the most remarkable houses in North America.
It is the earliest and finest example of Palladian architecture in the United States. It is preserved, not restored. The history lesson alone was worth the visit and the grounds are beautiful. Like most plantations it is built on the banks of a river. You can see my tour here....What Natural Patina Looks Like | Drayton Hall
If you want to order the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil just click the pink link view on Amazon.
Thanks for being here, Kathy