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This cemetery became famous after being featured in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and then in Clint Eastwood’s movie based on the book.
It is probably the place you see in your mind when you think of a charming old southern cemetery.
It was founded on a bluff above the Wilmington River on the site of the Bonaventure Plantation in 1846. The 600 acres sold already had a private family cemetery on site. The son of the first owner sold the cemetery to the City of Savannah and the city made the burial grounds public. It now covers over 1000 acres.
There are a number of famous former citizens of both Savannah and the State of Georgia buried here.
There are still a number of internment plots available for sale in the cemetery. You do not need to be a citizen of Savannah or even Georgia to buy a plot.
The cemetery is open from 8am to 5 pm every day to the public.
Gracie Watson – known as Little Gracie – died when she was 6 years old from pneumonia in 1889. The death of children at young ages was far more frequent in the 19th century than it is now but that’s not to say her parents weren’t devastated.
Her parents ran a hotel and were wealthy for the time. Her father had a famous sculptor create a life sized statue of Gracie from just a photo. That statue is now in the cemetery over Gracie’s grave.
Gracie’s apparition is frequently seen in Johnson Square in the city where her father’s hotel once stood. She is very cheerful and has been known to interact with the living. She is always wearing a white dress when she plays in the Square.
This article, though, is focused on the cemetery. Many people leave Gracie flowers and toys to play with. Should anyone be, shall we say, cruel enough to remove a plaything from Gracie’s grave it is said her statue will cry tears of blood.
If stealing from a child, even a living impaired one, isn’t your thing there is another legend about Gracie you can try. Leave a quarter in her hand and circle her grave three times and the quarter will disappear. Personally, I’d rather give a little girl a quarter than steal her toys.
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Gracie’s apparition has been seen dancing between the gravestones near her own grave.
While Gracie is the most famous ghost in the cemetery, she is not responsible for all the paranormal activity within the grounds.
Many apparitions are seen in the cemetery; many of which will look up and meet the eyes of the living. Many of the statues in the grounds will smile or grimace when people stand near to them or meet their eyes.
Phantom sounds of babies crying and dogs barking are often reported.
Other Activity: cold spots and breezes; electrical issues, light anomalies, mysterious mists, feelings of being watched and not being alone.