Sunday, July 26, 2015

Colonial Park Cemetery


Colonial Park is yet another famous cemetery located in Savannah.  Entering the cemetery everything is light and somewhat sparse.  As you wander along the sidewalk, the shade from giant Magnolias and moss draped trees quickly takes over the light.  



Established in 1750, Colonial Park interred Savannah's citizens until 1853.  



With a mix of mausoleums and below ground burials, some estimate there are 9,000 people buried here.  Many of those burials happened in 1820, when a Yellow Fever epidemic took over the city. 


Some burial estimates are even higher.  In 1960 construction workers found bodies extending beyond the cemeteries modern day boundaries.  


Union Troops, who camped here in 1864, changed many dates on the grave markers.  


Markers have been broken and/or vandalized.  


To help preserve them, they are affixed to the brick wall the borders the cemetery.  




Reportedly haunted, I must admit we did not feel any strange or otherworldly vibrations during our visit.  

I think the girl of the house was hoping for otherwise......




39 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful cemetery...do you know why the troops changed the dates? I am so curious to know...

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    1. Sid, as I understand it, the Union troops just did it out of spite. Sad to say.

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  2. Fascinating and a beautiful place. We enjoy wandering through the history found in cemeteries, too, especially from the Civil War era.

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  3. I really enjoy Savannah-It is a place that has a character all of its own. The cemetery in the heart of the city is a very interesting place. Hope you enjoy your time there-eat well. Enjoy a meal at the ld Pink House if you get a chance. They say the piano room is haunted too.

    Velva

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  4. Wow, a beautiful place with such a rich history.

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  5. Amazing history and place - thanks for sharing - loved the photos...

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  6. Hello, awesome series of images! I love the trees with the mosses. And I have never seen the graves markers attached to brick walls. It is a shame they have been vandalized. It is a pretty cemetery. Have a happy Sunday and new week ahead!

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    1. Eileen, this was the first time I had seen the grave markers set on a brick wall. I know they are trying to preserve them.

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  7. Savannah is one of the places on my wish list to visit. All i really know about it is nothing . . i mean, for years i sang the song "Hard Hearted Hannah" - and that's where the desire came from. It's a little hard to imagine i never sang there -

    I NEVER imagined a cemetery like this. There is one here with walls of broken headstones . . but, not like this one . . this one look like old cemeteries in Eastern Europe . . . . it has a special kind of beauty, doesn't it? Well, your photos offer this for me . . . Thank you very much.

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    1. Maggid, I think cemeteries have a special kind of beauty. I always enjoy walking through them.

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  8. No it does notlook haunted but very peaceful. Have a great week ahead.

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  9. I enjoy seeing your cemetery pix. There is always so many stories there that will never be told. ((hugs)), Teresa

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  10. Haunted or not, it does look very beautiful and peaceful.

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  11. Great photos. I was there earlier in the year. Did you make it to Bonaventure?

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    1. I did find my way to Bonaventure. I am a sucker for a good cemetery.

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  12. There would have been a time when I was younger that I would not have enjoyed walking around a cemetary but now I find them peaceful, beautiful places with such an incredible history. I have enjoyed your post very much Michelle. Have a great week :)

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  13. They look serene. Great images!

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  14. It has an eerie kind of beauty. Placing grave marker on a wall is new to me.

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  15. Great place to explore. I really like the first shot of the grave markers.

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  16. Interesting history here - glad they are preserving the old headstones. The mossy trees are so serene, but it must be spooky at night!

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  17. I love visiting cemeteries and reading the gravestones, imagining history, life stories.
    Great idea for preserving the old head stones . . .
    Have you ever done wax rubbings of a stone face? Interesting Art Piece.

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  18. Fascinating place, nicely photographed. What is it about cemeteries..?

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  19. Looks very fun...neat idea to keep the markers and add them to the wall!

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  20. How disappointing that Union soldiers tampered with the dates on the tombstones. Spanish moss has a Halloweeny feel to it. ;)

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  21. those trees are just beautiful!!!!

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  22. Spanish moss, though beautiful, makes me shiver. I love the old stones though!

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  23. What a great way to preserve those old headstones!

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  24. i love the Spanish moss & old cemeteries very cool. such character. ( :
    i was looking into the Karen MacInerney book but there are no reviews ... i don't usually read a book without some kind of info. i guess i will have to keep looking. thanks for the suggestion.

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    1. The book actually comes out tomorrow. Reviews won't be posted until then. I read Karen MacInerney's other mystery series (about Cranberry Island) and liked her writing.

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  25. Neat photos and interesting history!

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  26. I would love to visit this place...enjoyed your pics of it.

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  27. Great set of pictures - grave yards are often good places to make images - and I think people bring any strangeness people feel there with them.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  28. Mmmmmm, a haunted graveyard....I bet it could be a bit unnerving at night!! But my imagination would run wild. I DO love walking through cemeteries tho...so much to read...so very much to ponder.
    This one is extraordinary. 1750...wow.

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  29. Oh wow- I love walking through old cemeteries. Thanks for sharing a bit of the history. I'm glad the stones have been preserved, but it is sad that they no longer mark the appropriate graves. Love your photos!

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  30. A beautiful set of photos, sorry for the girl of the house...

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  31. I adore old cemeteries. What a beautiful one!

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