Bonaventure Cemetery is best known for being featured in ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’. However, if you go there looking for the Bird Girl statue, you won’t find her. After would-be thieves tried to steal her and fans of the film and book chipped off small pieces of her, the Bird Girl was moved to Savannah’s Telfair Museum of Art in 2014.
Long before it was a cemetery, Bonaventure was John Mullryne’s plantation. However, his mansion on the property caught fire in 1771 and again in 1800. In the mid-19th century, 600 acres were sold to the Wiltberger family when they started the Evergreen Cemetery Company. The city purchased both the land and the company in 1907 and renamed it Bonaventure Cemetery.
The Cemetery is thought to be haunted by several spirits including Little Gracie and Corinne Lawton. You can read their story by following the app’s pin directly to their gravesite.
Visitors have reported that they hear a baby crying and also children’s laughter in different parts of the cemetery.
A pack of Hell Hounds are said to roam Bonaventure Cemetery as visitors hear barking and snarling and even something breathing on their legs. The ghost dogs are believed to roam the cemetery at night and will chase you if they catch you on the grounds.
The spirits don’t necessarily stick just the cemetery. Residents of homes down the street from Bonaventure have also told stories of seeing men and women in period clothing at their home. Other strange occurrences such as doors opening and closing along with lights that turn themselves on and off tend to happen very often.
Bonaventure Cemetery is open 8AM until 5 PM every day.