The cemetery property dates back to a private landowner in the mid-1800s, but was purchased by the city in 1907. It is the spot where naturalist and preservationist John Muir spent several nights in 1867, as he wrote about in his book “A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf,” in the chapter “Camping in the Tombs.”
The cemetery is said to be the home of many haunts, including a pack of ghost dogs and the spirit of a little girl, Gracie Watkins. Gracie is buried here, and folks who visit often pay their respects by placing money, flowers or trinkets in the hands of her life-size statue. It is said that the statue cries tears of blood if any of her gifts are removed from her hands. (Statue can be found in Section E, Lot 99 – map below pinpoints the spot.)
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- 330 Bonaventure Road
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- 32.04292796987375, -81.0450991988182
- Chatham County, Georgia
- Nearest Towns:
- Thunderbolt, GA (1.0 mi.)
Whitemarsh Island, GA (2.0 mi.)
Savannah, GA (4.1 mi.)
Isle of Hope, GA (4.6 mi.)
Wilmington Island, GA (5.1 mi.)
Vernonburg, GA (7.2 mi.)
Skidaway Island, GA (7.8 mi.)
Garden City, GA (8.0 mi.)
Montgomery, GA (8.7 mi.)
Port Wentworth, GA (9.9 mi.)
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