Long before Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil made its debut, the Bonaventure Cemetery has been the final resting place for notable residents of Savannah.

In 1762, the site was settled by Claudia Catell Mullryne and her husband, Colonel John Mullryne. The colonel planted oaks trees every 15 feet on each side of the roadways within his 600-acre estate.

In 1846, the property was purchased for a private cemetery. In 1907, the city bought the property making it a public cemetery. 

It's free to visit the cemetery and 1-hour long free tours are offered by the Bonaventure Historical Society.

If you are staying in Savannah and did not bring your car with you, then you will have to arrange transportation to and from the cemetery.

Timmy is a 6th-generation Savannahan and was able to point out facts from fiction. His degree in history is an asset for this profession. 

Pictured above is the grave of his daughter, Corrine Elliott Lawton, and it to the left of Alexander's grave. It appears that she has her back to Jesus.

Stories are told about how she died, such as that she committed suicide because she was not allowed to marry the man that she wanted.

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