Colonial Park Cemetery has only 700 grave stones...but historical records show that 14,000 people are buried here. Oops. I guess it is no lie when locals say that Savannah is a city built on its dead. The eerily sad wall of misplaced headstones anchors the back of this photo.
Bored Union soldiers painstakingly altered many of the misplaced headstones during the Civil War. One poor lady buried in Colonial Park had 700 children after the Yankees showed up! Another resident lived for the ungodly long time of 138 years. And Others, like the stone above, show a father of 11 years, a wife of 17 years and a son of 12 years. Hmmmm, the math doesn't quite add up.
If you visit Colonial Park Cemetery, steer clear of the shadowy figure of Rene Asche - the 7 foot giant that was lynched here, after being accused of mutilating two young girls near his home. (huge footprints leading away from the scene hinted at his guilt)
But did he do it?
God only knows. Or maybe a good Savannah psychic.
The infamous Bonaventure Cemetery will always be remembered as the spot to drink a stiff martini at the grave of Conrad Aiken. For more on that story (and others) visit my Two Tears in a Bucket post. Or read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. (if you haven't done so already)
They say the Wilmington River, flowing through the above photo, was the inspiration for the song Moon River. Johnny Mercer is just one of the famous residents at Bonaventure.
I didn't feel any spirits at Bonaventure, (I didn't even have a martini) but they say that certain angelic or demonic sculptures come alive at night. Besides that, some Savannahians say that the angular granite faces of certain sculptures change their facial expression to a smile or even a ferocious scowl - as the mood strikes. Either way, the hanging moss, balmy breezes and beautiful historic granite markers are sure to leave a smile on your face.
For more spooky Halloween fun, visit The Chorus of the Crows I re-posted a couple old favorites: Two Feathered Floozies and my tour of the creepy Sand Hill Cemetery.
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