802 W. Anderson Street; Savannah, GA
April 2007 – Laurel Grove is another beautiful cemetery I visited during my months in Savannah. The massive trees, decorative gravestones and statuary is definitely a worthy destination for old cemetery lovers like me.
From Visit Historic Savannah.com: “Originally part of a plantation owned by the Stiles family, the land was acquired by the City of Savannah in 1850, and it became the city’s primary burial ground. This lovely cemetery features small parks, detailed ironwork and ornate mausoleums. The Laurel Grove Cemetery is divided into two sections – north and south by Highway 204. But more than just a road divides these two sections. Laurel Grove north, a burial place for white people, is the home for thousands of graves in a natural setting of magnolia, live oak, dogwood and pine. More than 1500 Confederate Soldiers are buried in a section devoted entirely to the Civil War dead including eight generals. One of the most popular sites is the grave of Juliet Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.”
The grounds are beautiful to walk around and the signs make it easy to find the most well known residents here.
Juliette Low is buried here. I heard they periodically remove the little gifts left here to the Birthplace of Juliette Low Museum.
I think the towering trees around here are even older than the current residents, though.
The spooky looking mossy ones looked right at home in this setting. This is another cemetery I wouldn’t want to be walking around in after dark. While the statuary is not as elaborate as Bonaventure, Laurel Grove has a more ancient feel to it and seemed a bit spookier to me.
I just thought this was a serene scene and appropriate for the eternal rest of this “Grand Master, Deputy Grand Commander, Potentate Alee Temple.”
Find a Grave: “The sculpture known as “Silence”, was originally part of a Confederate memorial erected in Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia in 1875. In 1878, the sculpture was relocated to the Laurel Grove Cemetery to mark the graves of soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. The figure stands in the middle of Soldier’s Circle, a grassy knoll with the remains of twelve Confederate soldiers.”
I’m always moved to tears at mass graves like this. I’m always interested in Civil War historical sites, but the tragedies and waste of human life was phenomenal.
But something about this one really got to me and brought more tears to my eyes. It obviously marks a mother’s grief at the loss of her daughter:
“In Memory of
Died May 26, 1866
Aged 25 years, 8.3 months
When those we love are snatched away
by death’s resistless hand,
our hearts the mournfull tribute pay
that friendship must demand.”
“She was the flower that scents the morn,
But withers in the rising day.
This lovely woman was her mothers care
from infant’s earliest dawn.
How short the race my child has run.
Cut down in all her bloom,
Her course but yesterday begun.
Now finished in the tomb.”
I can’t imagine there is anything more heartbreaking than burying your beloved child.
I said a prayer for them both as I walked around their bodies’ final resting place, knowing their spirits have found eternal peace. If there was ever a physical place appropriate for eternity, the grounds of Laurel Grove Cemetery would surely qualify.
All Malia’s Miles Savannah Pages:
Historic Squares — Bonaventure Cemetery —
Laurel Grove Cemetery — Spooky Savannah —
Wormsloe Historic Site — Skidaway Island State Park —
Fort McAllister State Park — George L. Smith State Park —
Savannah Area RV Parks