Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah Georgia

My wife and I have always liked old cemeteries that have allot of character and Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah definitely falls under that category. We normally make this a stop on any visit to Savannah. From the beautiful scenery and Live Oaks to the interesting gravesites it is definitely worth a visit.

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The cemetery became famous when it was featured in the 1994 Novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and the book was followed by a Clint Eastwood directed Movie. It is a nice place to explore and shoot. The famous Bird Lady statue that used to reside in the cemetery and was on the book cover was removed to prevent vandalism and now can be seen in the Jepson Museum of Art, however, as shown below there are many more beautiful sculptures to photograph. Ironically the photographer, Jack Leigh, who shot the Cover photo for the Novel is also buried at Bonaventure, the story has it that he spent over 10 hours in the darkroom dodging and burning to get the moonlit effect on the cover photograph of the Bird Girl.


The Gracie Watson grave is a famous gravesite in the cemetery.  According to local folklore and legend, Little Gracie Watson is among the most haunted spirits residing at Bonaventure and in Savannah.  Visitors will leave toys for her to play with, there is always a collection of toys near her grave area, especially around Christmas, like the “Bird Girl” statue, little Gracie Watson has become very popular, and the grave is now fenced off in wrought-iron to prevent further damage.


The lanes in the cemetery are all lined with Live Oak and loaded with Spanish Moss which really makes for a beautiful place.

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Thanks for stopping!



This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Nice write-up and photos, Mike! Makes me want to go there some day!

  2. A shame they had to remove one statue and fence off others, but your captures truly show it remains a beautiful spot.

  3. You got fantastic details from this cemetery.

  4. Thanks for sharing your photography and your comments. You’ve encouraged me to take my camera and explore the Bonaventure Cemetery.

    1. Thanks Jim, I really appreciate your comments, Bonaventure is a special place for sure! enjoy and show me your shots, it’s a special place

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