2 folders+ 11 35 mm. slides; 1 glass lantern slide
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Georgia, Chatham County, Savannah
Bonaventure Cemetery is situated on a high bluff overlooking the Wilmington River and is separated into two distinct sections. The older section of the cemetery was once Bonaventure Plantation and is filled with beautiful monuments and statuary from the past. Of note is the statue of "Little Gracie" designed by local sculptor John Wolz from her portrait. Bonaventure was originally developed as a plantation in 1760, but became a cemetery in the mid-19th century. In 1907 the graveyard was conveyed to the city of Savannah and came under the jurisdiction of the Park and Tree Commission. The Commission has worked through the years planting rare camellias, many colored azaleas, wisteria, magnolias, and live oaks. The Greenwich section is located at the end of a paved road running alongside Bonaventure and has the remains of a magnificent estate. The Greenwich section has been acquired more recently by the city to provide additional space for burials. It is also planted and managed by the Park and Tree Commission.
Persons associated with the garden include: Colonel John Mulryne (former owner, ca. 1760); Joseph Tatnall, Jr. (former owner, ca. 1790); Captain Peter Wiltberger (former owner, 1847-1869); Major Witt Wiltberger (former owner, after 1869); and Samuel Bowen (former owner).
The folders include worksheets, a brief narrative history of the cemetery, and a photocopy of an article about the cemetery's history.
Garden has been featured in Eva J. Barrington, "Bonaventure, Savannah's 'Silent City'," The Georgia Review (1951), pp. 300-304