Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Bonaventure...

No trip to Savannah would be complete without a stop at the Bonaventure Cemetery. Like everywhere else in Savannah, the Bonaventure is a place of beauty. This former plantation dates back to the mid 1800's and encompasses 100 acres. It overlooks the Wilmington River and has an abundance of Live Oak trees, some of which are 250 years old. Many of the graves incorporate beautiful statues and ornate carvings. Among the famous people buried here are author Conrad Aiken and composer Johnny Mercer.

It was so peaceful and serene walking along the pathways here. The Spanish moss dripping from the Live Oak trees, the birds singing, shadows dancing along the gravestones. The history they tell, small snippets of their lives...a beloved wife & mother, a brave soldier, a child taken to early, all loved and cherished. One of the things I have noticed here in the South, is that cemeteries are abundant. Attached to churches, on hillsides and in open fields. Almost all without walls, and again, almost all with flowers. Albeit silk or plastic, but flowers at each grave site nonetheless. People here respect and honor the dead. They don't forget their history. Something I ponder...

If you wish to view the rest of the photos from this trip, you can at my Flickr account at:

...kicking back in Georgia, Marie

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