Scenes of Savannah: Photographs of Bonaventure Cemetery
Images of beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery kick off our “Scenes of Savannah” series, a photographic tour of this historic and unique city.
Today was such beautiful day to shoot at the Bonaventure Cemetery, just east of Savannah on the banks of the Wilmington River.
This cemetery is strikingly beautiful, with a fascinating history and a serene atmosphere. Its easy to see why it’s regarded as one of the finest examples of Victorian Cemeteries in the world and is ranked in the top 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world by CNN Travel.
The cemetery is known for its tree-lined roadways, many notable “residents”, southern Gothic sculpture and architecture, and a century-and-a-half of folklore that has evolved with the site.
In recent years Bonaventure also became a popular destination for fans of the John Berendt novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which featured a photograph by Jack Leigh of the so-called “Bird Girl” sculpture. Before the book was published, Bird Girl had stood in the cemetery virtually unnoticed for half a century. The popularity of the book, however, quickly resulted in an influx of fans wanting a glimpse (or a piece) of the sculpture, requiring that it be relocated to avoid damage to the site and upsetting the “neighbors”.
It’s been more than 20 years since the book was published, but every time I visit Bonaventure at least one person asks, “Where’s the Bird Girl statue?” It’s usually a disappointed look that I get back in return for telling them that it’s now on display downtown at the Jepson Center for the Arts.
Bonaventure Cemetery is one of my favorite places to visit and photograph in the Savannah area and it is a must-see for visitors (even without Bird Girl). Just don’t forget your camera! 🙂
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