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Bonaventure Cemetery-Savannah Georgia

Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, established in 1846, is a public cemetery with a peaceful setting on a scenic bluff. With its beautiful winding roads, unique sculptures, it’s not unusual to see folks eating a picnic lunch while seeking serenity.

Bonaventure gate
Bonaventure Cemetery

It is open to the public, and walking tours are available. Beneath the moss-draped oak trees, you will find notable people like singer-songwriter Johnnie Mercer laid to rest.

Soon after entering the gate, you will see a directional marker posted. The site noted is for Gracie Watson. Her parents managed a popular hotel in Savannah. In the year 1889, at the age of six, Gracie passed away from pneumonia. Her childhood friends missed her, and they would bring gifts to her gravesite.

Gracie Watson-Bonaventure Cemetery

Over one hundred years later, visitors are still captivated by Gracie’s story, and the gifts keep coming.

Gracie Watson-Bonaventure Cemetery
Gifts for Gracie

The sculpture of Gracie was carved by John Walz using her photo as a guide.

Gracie Watsons Sculpture by John Walz
Gift for Gracie
Gracie Watson at Bonaventure Cemetery
Gate to the gravesite of Gracie Watson

It’s a fascinating story, and with only six years of life, this young girl has touched many hearts over many years.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you are enjoying the sites of Coastal Georgia and South Carolina. Bonaventure Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Savannah Georgia is a year round visitors destination with mild winter temperatures. Jot it down on your travel list 🙂

Alice

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