Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia

Bonaventure Cemetery lies east of the old squares and parks of Savannah's historic district, and is worth the time to make your way through quiet neighborhoods and roads shaded by oak canopies to visit this Southern Gothic wonder overlooking the Bull River.   The cemetery played a bit part in the book and movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a book by John Berendt

I won't speak to the history of the cemetery, only to say many of the stones, markers and statues I saw dating to the 19th century were all pretty impressive, made more-so by the profuse live oaks dripping with Spanish moss and Sabal palms on the grounds.  This is everything one would hope or expect a cemetery in the deep American South to be. 

Bonaventure Cemetery is a photographer's dream location.  On the day I was there the light was bright and the shadows were deep.  If I lived closer I would surely spend many hours photographing in this beautiful cemetery.  

If you find yourself in Savannah, Georgia, rather than fitting the cemetery into your schedule after visiting other parts of the city, you should seriously consider making this a first stop on any itinerary.  You won't be disappointed.  Did I mention it is FREE? 

1 comment:

  1. I like to visit old cemeteries such as this one. Thanks for your comment on my blog, Pat. I hope you have a wonderful time on your visit to NYC!