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Investigating The City Of The Dead ~ Savannah's Ghosts:

The Very Haunted Bonaventure Cemetery

 

Savannah-Bonaventure Cemetery

The haunted home of the infamous statue from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Bonaventure Cemetery. The cover photograph of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, taken by Jack Leigh, featured an evocative sculpture of a young girl that had been in the cemetery, essentially unnoticed for over 50 years. The sculpture, which has come to be known as the "Bird Girl", stood on the family plot of Lucy Boyd Trosdal. After the publication of the book, the sculpture was donated to Savannah's Telfair Museum of Art to avoid disturbances by visitors to the cemetery.

by Grant Dean




The American Institute of Parapsychology named Savannah the "Most Haunted American City" in 2002, an honor also bestowed to such seriously haunted cities like New Orleans, La., and Charleston, S.C.

Shannon Scott, Sixth Sense founder and creator of the spooky reality show called “Scariest Places on Earth,” accepted the title on behalf of the city and has embraced the ghostly honor by creating a variety of Savannah ghost tours. One of which and considered the best Cemetery ghost tour in the state of Georgia and that is his Bonaventure Cemetery Tour.

Bonaventure Cemetery gate ghost photo

Bonaventure Cemetery gate ghost photo sent to us by Neal Farris. Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Ga. It has a very old section with crumbling old tall mausoleums, old unreadable tombstones and with the spanish moss hanging from the live oaks it is very erie and absolutely haunted.

Bonaventure Cemetery is a open daily to the public cemetery. It is beautifully nestled on a scenic bluff of the Wilmington River, east of Savannah, Georgia. This is by what many believe to be the most haunted cemetery in the great state of Georgia.

 

The haunted Bonaventure Cemetery became famous when it was featured in the fantastic 1994 novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, and in the movie, directed by Clint Eastwood, based on the book.

Conrad Aiken Bench ghost photo

Conrad Aiken Bench Ghost Photo sent to us by Glenn Daily.

 

Garden of Good and Evil

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Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A morose inventor who owns a bottle of poison powerful enough to kill everyone in town. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a 'walking streak of sex'. These are some of the real residents of Savannah, Georgia, a city whose eccentric mores are unerringly observed - and whose dirty linen is gleefully aired - in this utterly irresistible book. At once a true-crime murder story and a hugely entertaining and deliciously perverse travelogue, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is as bracing and intoxicating as half-a-dozen mint juleps.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #64096 in Books
  • Published on: 2009-09-03
  • Original language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 400 pages

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review
Voodoo. Decadent socialites packing Lugars. Cotillions. With towns like Savannah, Georgia, who needs Fellini? Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil takes two narrative strands--each worthy of its own book--and weaves them together to make a single fascinating tale. The first is author John Berendt's loving depiction of the characters and rascals that prowled Savannah in the eight years it was his home-away-from-home. "Eccentrics thrive in Savannah," he writes, and proves the point by introducing Luther Diggers, a thwarted inventor who just might be plotting to poison the town's water supply; Joe Odom, a jovial jackleg lawyer and squatter nonpareil; and, most memorably, the Lady Chablis, whom you really should meet for yourself. Then, on May 2, 1981, the book's second story line commences, when Jim Williams, a wealthy antique dealer and Savannah's host with the most, kills his "friend" Danny Hansford. (If those quotes make you suspect something, you should.) Was it self-defense, as Williams claimed--or murder? The book sketches four separate trials, during which the dark side of this genteel party town is well and truly plumbed.

From Publishers Weekly
After discovering in the early 1980s that a super-saver fare to Savannah, Ga., cost the same as an entree in a nouvelle Manhattan restaurant, Esquire columnist Berendt spent the next eight years flitting between Savannah and New York City. The result is this collection of smart, sympathetic observations about his colorful Southern neighbors, including a jazz-playing real estate shark; a sexually adventurous art student; the Lady Chablis (' "What was your name before that?" I asked. "Frank," she said.' "); the gossipy Married Woman's Card Club; and an assortment of aging Southern belles. The book is also about the wealthy international antiques dealer Jim Williams, who played an active role in the historic city's restoration--and would also be tried four times for the 1981 shooting death of 21-year-old Danny Handsford, his high-energy, self-destructive house helper. The Williams trials--he died in 1990 of a heart attack at age 59--are lively matches between dueling attorneys fought with shifting evidence, and they serve as both theme and anchor to Berendt's illuminating and captivating travelogue.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
It's difficult to categorize this book. On one level, it is a travelog, recounting former New York magazine editor Berendt's eight years in Savannah, Georgia, that beautifully preserved hothouse of the South where eccentric characters like black drag queen Lady Chablis and charming con man Joe Odom blossom in rich profusion. It is also a true crime tale, the saga of antiques dealer Jim Williams whose 1981 shooting of his sometime lover Danny Hansford in the historic Mercer House obsesses Savannah denizens; they watch as Williams endures four trials and is eventually acquitted, only to die of a heart attack a few months later, haunted (some say) by Hansford's vengeful ghost. Although nonfiction, Berendt's book reads like a novel (he admits he has taken "certain storytelling liberties"), and this reviewer sometimes wondered where the truth ends and the fiction begins. Still, this entertaining book will appeal to many readers. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/93.
- Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Bonaventure Cemetery is the largest of the city's actual municipal cemeteries, containing almost 160 acres. Daily many paranormal investigators love to visit it because of the actual haunted documentation it brings forth.

The entrance to the magnificent cemetery is located at 330 Bonaventure Road. Local tour guides will tell you this is the spot to begin your paranormal investigation. Many EVP's have been captured here at it's gates as well as clear and very strange ghost photos or just anomalous ghost pictures as the locals say. If you photo graph friends and family or people you know out side this gate often their face will appear distorted in the photos.

The whole of this magnificent old cemetery is located on what was once the site of a grand pre civil war plantation originally owned by John Mullryne. On March 10, 1846, Commodore Josiah Tattnall III, sold the 600-acre Bonaventure Plantation and its private cemetery to Peter Wiltberger. Major William H. Wiltberger, the son of Peter, formed the Evergreen Cemetery Company on June 12, 1868. Evergreen Cemetery Company was purchased by the City of Savannah on July 7, 1907, making the cemetery public and changing the name to Bonaventure Cemetery.

In 1867 John Muir began his Thousand Mile Walk to Florida and the Gulf. In October he sojourned for six days and nights in the Bonaventure cemetery, sleeping upon graves overnight, this being the safest and cheapest accommodation that he could find while he waited for money to be expressed from home. He found the cemetery even then breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring and wrote a lengthy chapter upon it, "Camping in the Tombs."

"Part of the grounds was cultivated and planted with live-oak, about a hundred years ago, by a wealthy gentleman who had his country residence here But much the greater part is undisturbed. Even those spots which are disordered by art, Nature is ever at work to reclaim, and to make them look as if the foot of man had never known them. Only a small plot of ground is occupied with graves and the old mansion is in ruins. The most conspicuous glory of Bonaventure is its noble avenue of live-oaks. They are the most magnificent planted trees I have ever seen, about fifty feet high and perhaps three or four feet in diameter, with broad spreading leafy heads. The main branches reach out horizontally until they come together over the driveway, embowering it throughout its entire length, while each branch is adorned like a garden with ferns, flowers, grasses, and dwarf palmettos. But of all the plants of these curious tree-gardens the most striking and characteristic is the so-called Long Moss (Tillandsia usneoides). It drapes all the branches from top to bottom, hanging in long silvery-gray skeins, reaching a length of not less than eight or ten feet, and when slowly waving in the wind they produce a solemn funereal effect singularly impressive. There are also thousands of smaller trees and clustered bushes, covered almost from sight in the glorious brightness of their own light. The place is half surrounded by the salt marshes and islands of the river, their reeds and sedges making a delightful fringe. Many bald eagles roost among the trees along the side of the marsh. Their screams are heard every morning, joined with the noise of crows and the songs of countless warblers, hidden deep in their dwellings of leafy bowers. Large flocks of butterflies, flies, all kinds of happy insects, seem to be in a perfect fever of joy and sportive gladness. The whole place seems like a center of life. The dead do not reign there alone. Bonaventure to me is one of the most impressive assemblages of animal and plant creatures I ever met. I was fresh from the Western prairies, the garden-like openings of Wisconsin, the beech and maple and oak woods of Indiana and Kentucky, the dark mysterious Savannah cypress forests; but never since I was allowed to walk the woods have I found so impressive a company of trees as the tillandsia-draped oaks of Bonaventure. I gazed awe-stricken as one new-arrived from another world. Bonaventure is called a graveyard, a town of the dead, but the few graves are powerless in such a depth of life. The rippling of living waters, the song of birds, the joyous confidence of flowers, the calm, undisturbable grandeur of the oaks, mark this place of graves as one of the Lord’s most favored abodes of life and light."

The cover photograph of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, taken by Jack Leigh, featured an evocative sculpture of a young girl that had been in the cemetery, essentially unnoticed for over 50 years. The sculpture, which has come to be known as the "Bird Girl", stood on the family plot of Lucy Boyd Trosdal. After the publication of the book, the sculpture was donated to Savannah's Telfair Museum of Art to avoid disturbances by visitors to the cemetery.

And yes you can actually buy a copy of it for your own home. In 1936 Sylvia Shaw Judson sculpted the now famous Bird Girl standing five feet tall and cast in bronze. One of the four commissioned sculptures stood in Savannah s Bonaventure Cemetery until 1994 when a photo of The Bird Girl appeared on the cover of the best selling novel Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt. And suddenly overwhelming notoriety.

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Savannah Cemetery  Photography by Lori Smaltz.

Photography by Lori Smaltz.

Real Ghost Hunting In Haunted Bonaventure Cemetery

The Bonaventure Cemetery is reportedly haunted by a pack of black devil hounds or some fondly call ghost dogs. Some locals believe the unholy hounds from hell are the guardians to one of the Devil's great thrones or Chairs. This haunted or cursed cemetery chair or bench is believed to be the most prized of any to be found in a cemetery in the USA.

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THE "DEVIL'S CHAIR," IS IT JUST AN URBAN LEGEND?

We have all heard tales of the Devil's Chair. Some believe to this day that furniture can become possessed by strange forces. Be it from the dead, Death himself and even the lord of hell Satan himself. These infamous seats of evil power are said to be all over the world and many newspaper and oral traditions will tell you of these horrid wooden wrought iron or stone seats to avoid.

Death chairs have long been associated with a reportedly real urban legend that whom ever sits in them will either die on the spot or within hours of doing so. Some of these haunted chairs often surface on ebay or in antique shops where they are most often discovered because someone just sits in them and dies on the spot.

The haunted Savannah Bonaventure Cemetery throne of Satan, Sometimes called The Georgia Devil's Evil Seat Of Power, is said to take anyone who sits in it straight to hell on the spot. There you descend to meet the cunning evil Devil eye to eye, and by doing this you can sell your soul to the devil to make all your dreams wants and wishes come true.

The Devil's chair in Bonaventure Cemetery is one of the most foul that any can seat themselves in. This evil chair is thought to bring whom ever seats themselves straight to hell to meet the lord Satan eye to eye. This evil cursed throne is said to be an elevator straight to hell.

Bonaventure Cemetery- bench at Johnny Mercer area- all the songs are engraved in it

Falsely many believe it to be that of the Bonaventure Cemetery- bench at Johnny Mercer grave- the one with all the songs are engraved on it.

The actual Devil's bench in Savannah is said to have a special incantation to be said to get the bench to bring you straight to hell. And the clues to what to say or often thought to be hidden in one of Mercer's songs.

The Conrad Aiken Bench, Bonaventure Cemetery

Conrad Aiken Bench, Bonaventure Cemetery

Famous bench at grave site of Savannah poet Conrad Aiken. The bench and Aiken's selected epitaph, "Cosmos Mariner—Destination Unknown" are discussed near the beginning of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" when author Berendt goes to sit on the bench to have martinis with one of Savannah's in-the-know society ladies.  Many believe this bench holds the clues to finding the real devil's throne.

 

Some urban legends refer to the unholy pack of ghost hounds as being ghosts dogs protecting the cursed bones of their masters. Other local legends tell of this feral ghost pack of dogs as being vicious black and white large dogs that drag people to hell. I guess it all depends on who or what cemetery ghost tour you take to get all the real info on them.

  • There used to be a plantation located on the grounds of the current cemetery. The owner, Josiah Tattnall, Jr., was known to have lots of parties. One night during a dinner party the house caught on fire. The owner had his slaves move the dinner table to the front yard, and the guests finished their dinner outside. Today many people visiting the cemetery hear people talking and laughing, and some even hear the clanging of glasses and plates. The ghost of Gracie Watson is also seen at the cemetery (though it is more often seen near the location of her father's hotel). People hear her crying, and some have even seen bloody tears drip from the eyes of her statue. The tears are usually seen when objects are taken out of the statue's hand.
  • Bonaventure Cemetery is haunted by a large pack of 13 ghost dogs. The dogs are said to chase people away if they get to close to a supposed buried treasure or the devil's actual lost throne.
  • The grave site of legendary songwriter, Johnny Mercer is said to be a good spot to get EVP's of him humming whistling or singing.

EVP's happen in this cemetery all the time Many report the sound of Gracie Watson's ghosts and that of a young man who sings Dixie.


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Haunted Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia is considered by many the most haunted city in America. It was named so by Fox Television's Scariest Places on Earth television series and there is enough history and legend permeating the old town to fill hundreds of books.

GHOST OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA

 

Its colorful and legend-filled past enthralls visitors to this day; its streets are filled with the shadows and ghosts of bygone days, perhaps still waiting to greet the inquisitive traveler.

The city's founding father, Englishman James Edward Oglethorpe, was so enthralled with the areas lush tropical shoreline and very mild climate that when he landed on the shores of the Savannah River in 1733 he chose to remain. Shortly after his arrival, Oglethorpe chartered the great city of Savannah in what was to become the final New World Crown Colony of England's King George II.

Much of the original, dreamlike beauty that Oglethorpe experienced over two centuries ago endures to this day. Spanish moss still hangs low from the spreading oak trees, the deep waters of the Savannah River still lazily pass by, and the sea breezes still waft in from the open ocean waters. The classic beauty of this old Southern bastion has inspired writers and artists alike over the centuries. Many films have used Savannah as a backdrop, most notably the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

But many residents and visitors insist that Savannah really does have a "midnight side" and that it is a city still holding onto its past with a strong grip. In fact, many believe that some of of its citizens still feel the tug of this gentle city even from beyond the grave.

In Savannah you can hear chilling, ghost-filled tales on historical walks into the city's storied past; or you can experience first hand the "midnight side" of this Old Southern Lady in one of her haunted cemeteries or historic residents. There is a haunted train ride and a horse-drawn trolley tour through the dark streets; or visit a haunted plantation and historic locations where soldiers of the Civil War still plan battles or stand guard despite the long passage of time. You may even want to experience a ghost tour from the seat of a real hearse!

Savannah's Fort Jackson is the oldest standing fort in Georgia. The site where the fort now stands has been used since the 1740's, and has a rich history relating to the defense of Savannah from earliest days to the end of the 19th century. The site was fortified during the Revolutionary War as an earthen fort. The original brick fort was begun in 1808 and was manned during the War of 1812. During the Civil War, Fort Jackson was held for a time by Confederate forces until the Old Southern Lady made the acquaintance of one W.T. Sherman. Union soldiers took the old fort and held it until the end of the war. The fort is one of Savannah's most popular haunted tourist attractions with unmatched daytime educational and historical programs and "after hours" programs for ghost hunters of all ages.

Savannah's Historic Railroad Shops, Built on the site of the second bloodiest battle of the great Revolutionary War, the shops were begun in 1845. Thirteen of the original structures survive, including the blacksmith shop and the brick mason shop. A National Historic Landmark since 1978, the shops were used in filming the movie "Glory" in 1988. The shops are recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as the most significant complex of ante-bellum railroad structures to survive in the United States. They also serve as the state of Georgia's official railroad museum.

The Savannah History Museum is Savannah's only museum dedicated to the history of the whole coastal community and is located in the passenger station of the Central Railroad. Constructed before the Civil War, this building is now one of Georgia's 43 National Historic Landmarks and houses a 20,000 square foot exhibit area with a variety of exhibits reflecting Savannah's history from her founding in 1733 to the present. The museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

These are just some of the options for the avid ghost hunter and paranormal enthusiast. Be sure to explore every nook and cranny of this famous Southern city!

 

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