If you’ve read the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, you might remember the statue, The Bird Girl, on the cover. I did and I knew it was located in the Bonaventure Cemetery. While its been on my Savannah to-see list since the 90’s, other sites preempted. Even though I decided to see it this time, it would have been too late even in the 90’s since the city relocated the statue to the Telfair Museum after the book was released. Something about over enthusiastic tourists and potential risk of damage.
No matter, Bonaventure is still a Savannah must-see, since its 100 acres of beautifully landscaped property running down to the Wilmington River. Serene, Gothic, inspiring vistas at every turn and history dating back to the late 1700’s.
What surprised me was the large section of Jewish ‘residents’. It might have been an attractive destination during the 1800’s with the city’s rise as a shipping center, exporting all sorts of consumables, particularly cotton. Who knows, but the Jewish presence in Bonaventure is prominent, taking up one whole section to the right of the entrance gates.
I was amused to find ‘Bono’ here, who knew?
Definitely allow at least one hour for a survey tour, more if you’re hunting for history.