Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries.
Bonaventure Cemetery is a rural cemetery located on a scenic bluff of the Wilmington River, east of Savannah. This beautiful graveyard, with its gothic statues, hanging Spanish moss, and dramatic trees, create an unforgettable experience.
The cemetery has a storied history worth exploring. While it began as a private, family-owned plantation, it is now a public cemetery. It became famous when it was featured in the 1994 novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt and in the movie based on the book.
TIP! Looking for a great tour of the Bonaventure Cemetery, try Bonaventure Cemetery Walking Tour with transportation by Savannah Bonaventure Dash Tours. You won't be disappointed. This was by far my favorite tour in Savannah.
Savannah plays a prominent role in Girl Scout’s history.
After the Bonaventure Cemetery tour, grab some lunch, then make your way to the corner of Oglethorpe Avenue and Bull Street. This is the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low.
10 E Oglethorpe Avenue
Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, was born in Savannah on October 31, 1860.
another bit of girl scout history is their first headquarters.
For your next stop, head towards the corner of Charlton Street and Drayton Street.
330 Drayton Street
It all started in 1912 when Juliette “Daily” Gordon Low brought together 17 girls to form an outdoor and educational club for girls. Originally the American Girl Guides, the name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts by 1913.
Next to the headquarters is the Andrew Low House, which was the home of Juliette Gordon Low.
Continue on Charlton Street towards Lafayette Square.
329 Abercorn Street
The house was built in 1848 for Andrew Low, a wealthy cotton merchant from Scotland. The house faces Lafayette Square.
The home later belonged to Andrew’s son, William, who married Juliette Gordon, and it is here that she passed away in 1927. She was buried in her Girl Scout uniform in Laural Grove Cemetery.
If you are lucky enough to be in Savannah for four days, you’ll be touring a home tomorrow. If not, the Andrew Low House is another good option.
If you want more history of the Girl Scouts, there is a lovely little gift shop you can visit in the home without taking the tour.