Colonial Park Cemetery is right in the heart of the Savannah historic district. It has quite an interesting history. It was a Revolutionary War cemetery and was already closed to burials by the time the Civil War came around. Union troops camped in the cemetery and moved lots of headstones, so some of the tombstones may or may not exactly be at the correct graves. There was a mass grave for victims of the yellow fever epidemic if 1820. My favorite signer of the Declaration of Independence, Button Gwinnett, is buried there. I should have looked for his grave, but it was hot the day we wandered through there. Of course, the cemetery is said to be haunted. You can go to YouTube and google Colonial Park Cemetery and watch a video of a "little boy" that is pretty creepy. Both ghost tours we went on stopped outside the cemetery. It's locked at night, but you can walk around in there during the day.
|Colonial Park Cemetery|
|Colonial Park Cemetery|
Bonaventure Cemetery is just outside of Savannah, only about a 10 - 15 minute drive. It is huge, covering several acres of land. It's very pretty too, full of giant oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. The thing that's cool about Bonaventure Cemetery is that there are many old Victorian style monuments on the graves. The statue on the cover of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, used to be in Bonaventure Cemetery. It has been moved to a museum in town.
|Monument in Bonaventure Cemetery|
In Charleston, we happened upon two old cemeteries. The first one is on the grounds of the Circular Congregational Church. Lizzie and I didn't know much about the history of the church or the graveyard except that it was old. The little map we were following (that I had on Pinterest) said the cemetery dated back to 1695.
|Part of the graveyard at the Circular Congregational Church|
|The steeple in the background is not the Circular Congregational Church|
I'm not sure it's entirely appropriate to have a favorite cemetery, but if I were to have one, it would definitely be the Unitarian Church Cemetery in old Charleston. Our little Pinterest map told us we would get there, but it was so unexpected. It is overgrown with trees and vines and shrubs and flowering bushes. I could have taken a hundred photos in there easily. Every time I turned around, I saw a sight worthy of a photo. Maybe that sounds creepy, but, at least in the daytime, it was the least "creepy" of the cemeteries, in my opinion. I loved the wildness and the peacefulness of it.
|Unitarian Church Cemetery|
|The iron fence, the old tombstones, the Spanish moss, the greenery|
|Same photo as the one above it, I just made it black and white. I like the effect|
I do not have a particular fascination with graveyards in general, but these four were really interesting. When we were in New Orleans, we visited a cemetery in the Garden District. Those graves are different because they are all above-ground. That is not the case in the cemeteries in Savannah and Charleston. If you go to any of these cities, take a bit of time to visit the cemeteries.