Where Savannah’s Dead Sleep

1901. Via Library of Congress.

What a beautiful sleeping place!

“Bonaventure cemetery is about three miles from town, and is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, even in a land where beauties of nature are everywhere. A wide shell road leads for about half a mile through what seems a vast forest, with the live oak draped in gray moss meeting overhead, while all is still, but for the rustle of the grass, as a little chameleon peeps at you with his bright eyes and then hastens away. After walking quite a distance you come out into the graveyard proper. There under tall trees and waving moss, rare flowers and in sound of the never-ceasing roar and murmur of the ocean, sleep Savannah’s dead.”

Savannah by the Sea.


My name is Marsanne Petty, and I’m a researcher through and through. I chase obscure topics into the end of oblivion and compile what I find for all to read. Sometimes my family thinks I’m crazy, but my dogs are good with it. If you want to follow me down the rabbit hole, check out my stuff here and here. If you want some great oddities in your own mail box, sign up at The Southern Sage.

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