Bonaventure Cemetery is one of those hauntingly beautiful must see cemeteries if you’re ever in Savannah. It occupies approximately 100 acres on what used to be part of the Mullryne plantation of the same name. It’s mostly a Victorian style cemetery with pathways, gardens, shady trees, and park like design. On a Sunday, it was free from crowds and provided a relaxing and quiet walk. This was a nice way to spend a serene Sunday morning.
In addition to the bird girl who is no longer a resident at Bonaventure (she’s in the Telfair Museum), little Gracie Watson draws a crowd. On her memorial marker reads a short description, source here:
“Little Gracie Watson was born in 1883, the only child of her parents. Her father was manager of the Pulaski House, one of Savannah’s leading hotels, where the beautiful and charming little girl was a favorite with the guests. Two days before Easter, in April 1889, Gracie died of pneumonia at the age of six. In 1890, when the rising sculptor, John Walz, moved to Savannah, he carved from a photograph this life-sized, delicately detailed marble statue, which for almost a century has captured the interest of all passersby.”
330 Bonaventure Rd.
Savannah, GA 31404