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This sculpture/headstone was amazing. The story of Corinne was so interesting. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #midnightinthegardenofgoodandevil #neverstopexploring #cemeteriesofinstagram #savannahgeorgia

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Five 5 Star Reviews in one day is a personal record but makes you proud you're doing a good job. #tripadvisor #travel #tourism #reviews #5stars #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist

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Rarely does Bonaventure have a White Christmas, but a foggy one adds all the more to the feeling of stepping into the ethereal and getting to wander around. Much to the pleasure of these smiling faces of our guests some of whom were from Singapore and Southern Australia! #christmas #holidayseason #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonspencerscott #shannonscottstoryist #australia #singapore #wreaths

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Bonaventure Strong! Seeking cleanup volunteers for a TBA date to help get Bonaventure back into top form after Hurricane Matthew! Please call 912-651-6843 Mon thru Fri only, 8AM to 5PM to be added to the list! #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #volunteer #hurricanematthew #rosietheriveter #savannahga #historicsavannah #shannonscottstoryist

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Although Bonaventure was turned upside down by Hurricane Matthew, we are still touring daily in a limited but lovely capacity. Its forced me as a storyist to expand my repertoire and present new stories in new corners so has been extremely positive in that regard! #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #shannonspencerscott #hurricane #hurricanematthew #cemetery #graveyards

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What's not to love about the way these names sound together? Such a play on words! Is it a band name? State of mind or being? One of the men buried here with coolest name! When I come back in another life please let it be as Ravenel Cain! #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #savannahga #cemetery #graveyards #biblicalcain #ravenelcain #shannonspencerscott #shannonscottstoryist

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One of the most ancient motifs in burial funeral art is the expression that the Gates of the Eternal are fiercely guarded. Hence why we find these gargoyle or bat wings on the iron gates of Bonaventure Cemetery entrance and gives an impression of a Hellish side of the dualities of good and evil, right and wrong and all of the challenges we as humans face before death. So before one entered Bonaventure, the sight of these wings, which are also topped by speartips not shown here, prompted or evokes the Earthly meditation, "how am I doing in this world; will I be worthy of the next?" That is the million-dollar question and no you can't buy your way into heaven even if plots are for sale. LMAO! #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #bonaventurejourneys #gargoyles #bats #cemetery #Gothic #ancient #eternal #heaven #hell

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I see people visit this plot regularly, especially a guy that unfolds a chair and reads a book here for long stretches. Was "Duchess" his mother or favorite "Mima" I wonder? Did she own goats and her favorite can't visit her here? Graves prompt so many ponderings and are like spiritual and historical scavenger hunts. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #schermfamily #duchess #graveyards #headstones #rememberme #shannonspencerscott

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Happiness is our 1910 Odd Fellows Lodge helmet and shield received today. Odd Fellows were inextricably tied to the development of cemeteries in North America. Their credo was, "Visit the Sick and Dying. Educate The Orphan. Bury The Stranger." And so they did. #oddfellows #ioof #sword #shield #helmet #burythestranger #charity #orohan #usa #america #freemasonry #secretsocieties #cemetery #shannonscottstoryist #bonaventurecemeterytours

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An angel came upon us...Ah if only there were masters like John Walz still sculpting angels like this one. Odd but he never saw this work in Bonaventure. It was installed some years after his death in 1922. But the world loves it and I praise his virtues graveside daily here. The angel holds heart clenched flowers to show the intense love and grief. Just glorious. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #angels #art #sculpture #johnwalzsculptor #visitsavannah #savannahga www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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The only Bonaventure tattoo we've ever seen, here in a picture taken on one of our tours. It depicts "Little Gracie" who died of pneumonia at 6, 1889 and was beloved to the world. When we asked the patron why this tattoo, she said, "she wanted to walk with Gracie everywhere in the world, and Gracie to walk with her." Lovely. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #6thsenseworld #littlegracie #johnwalzsculptor #tattoo #goodfortunetattoo #shannonscottstoryist #visitsavannah www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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There was just something about her eyes & being so close to a child's plot. She learned that day that most children her age didn't grow as old in the Victorian world. Her eyes seemed to wear the understanding. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #johnwalzsculptor #children #photography #art #cemetery #sculpture #babies #infantmortality #victorian #penicilin #visitsavannah #thunderboltga www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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Julie Backus was Savannah's fastest female runner with some 21 races to her name. But to the people who knew and loved her, she was a marathoner of people. Cause of death in her late 50s was suicide. She did so much for others that she didn't know how to help herself. If only she knew how much she was loved and now so dearly missed. Statue by Kevin Conlon. She loved running in Bonaventure in her Nike Pegasus shoes. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #juliebackus #backuscadillac #shannonscottstoryist #marathoner #suicide #love #friendship #forgetyounot #visitsavannah #nikepegasus www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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The Storyist doing his thing. Discussing a baptismal styled font plot for one of the Desbouillion family. Sculpted by John Walz. Pre-1922, before penicillin, child mortality drove the cemetery trade and kept the stone cutters and sculptors in business! #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #visitsavannah #6thsenseworld #victorian #penicilin #infantmortality # #johnwalzsculptor www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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The Hohenstein monument by sculptor, John Walz. Shannon in foreground. This figurative piece was a devotional monument from a wife to a husband and it's said there is a photo of the wife Mary seated like this in Walz's studio. Walz was Savannah's most treasured sculptor and Bonaventure is like a museum to his work. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #visitsavannah #johnwalzsculptor #hohenstein www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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The old sexton house of Bonaventure. Last lived in during the 1960s, now the office for the City of Savannah Cemetery Dept where 5 city cemeteries are managed. Also a record room. With 2 previous wooden buildings having burned here in the town of Thunderbolt, a brick structure came to be. Over 1/2 the records lost. Few ghosts around. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #visitsavannah #6thsenseworld #victorian www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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How Atlanta is celebrating MLK day. Dr King loved Savannah. And the Silver family of Bonaventure came to his rescue when Murray Silver, Sr (still living) became his attorney after some trouble here. Dr King Sr and he very good friends. Always interesting Bonaventure ties. We miss you Dr King & we shan't forget thee. #mlkday #murraysilversenior #bopeepsavannah #murraysilverjunior #atlanta #visitsavannah #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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After a Bonaventure tour, you can go meet boss kitty, Midnight, at The Driftaway Cafe. He's a devious and serious Foodie. And if you are, this cafe shouldn't be missed! #thedriftawaycafe #sandflyga #midnightcat #isleofhope #wormsloe #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #visitsavannah www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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All that Light reveals. I love how we see light's operations here. From the span of the blue sky to the way it's sought a small room to warm. The porosity of the textured glass making it more concentrated, giving it a fire like quality. Just all noticed in a passing moment on a Winter's sunset in a Savannah cemetery. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #visitsavannah #6thsenseworld #catholiccemeterysavannah #hillcrestabbeyeastsavannah #light #photography www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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The custom of photographing the dead was very common in Victorian times. #postmortemphotos #creepy #bonaventurecemeterytours www.6thsenseworld.com

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An Aztec spirit appeared to me lakeside and I wondered if gold might be near. A beautiful example of Art Nouveau (1880-1910) influencing memorial showcase headstones. This gem located in Charleston, SC's Magnolia Cemetery, their city's Bonaventure equivalent. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #magnoliacemetery #charlestonsc #artnouveau www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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Move over Buddy The Fox it's Bonabella The Cat! Joined us on the morning tour and amused the guests as she climbed up my suit while telling tales! Never dull! #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #visitsavannah #tabbycat www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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Bonaventure is a library of stories. Every grave a book on the shelf. We might say pre-penicilin, the library's largest section are children's books. This baptismal font styled grave done by sculptor John Walz. They were planted with ivy vines to show the flow of water. Such a hardship to think this mother only bathed her own babe a handful of times. Too young to be then covered in dirt. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #visitsavannah #johnwalzsculptor #cherub #penicilin #infantmortality #grave #eternalvine www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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Chapel mausoleums were exactly that. Victorians enjoyed their spaces for extra services and long before they housed the family members in eternal slumber, they held pews, podium, registry stand, incense burner, and many things that churches were known for. Bonaventure has only a couple of dozen as the fad was more underground grotto styles. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #visitsavannah #schroederfamily #mausoleum #chapel www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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Ceramic photo plaques on gravestones first start to appear around 1854. Today we take for granted the ease of photography. In the 19th century it was truly something to have just a few images of the loved one & perhaps none at all. But on the grave? Everyone could share in the joy of remembering and "remeet" the person. And for some this was the only living image they might ever have access to. How touching really... #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #shannonscottstoryist #visitsavannah #GreenwoodCemeteryBrunswickGA #CeramicMemorialPlaque #resurrectionlilly www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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Although Greenwood Cemetery in Brunswick, GA gets to claim this one, we felt affinity for it as so many squirrels, including two butterscotch colored ones, scamper around Bonaventure. In funerary sculpture they're often symbolic of industriousness and "Doing Devil's Work." We just think they're cute! #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #GreenwoodCemeteryBrunswickGA #BrunswickGA #SquirrelLove #RIP_Bonnie Kelly #shannonscottstoryist www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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America's oldest Jewish congregation is in Savannah, GA & the Jewish section of Bonaventure opened for them in 1917. Here we see the Holocaust Memorial..a reminder that freedom is a precious thing and to never forget those that died under the boots of those that seek to destroy it. #bonaventurecemetery #bonaventurecemeterytours #visitsavannah #Jewish #holocaust #TempleMckve #savannahga #shannonscottstoryist

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A trip to Bonaventure isn't just a tour thru The Victorian South, it's also a time trip to Ancient Egypt. And on a sunny Savannah Xmas Eve, why not gather around a desert sandstone obelisk, the ancient symbol of sunlight and love radiating! We love our guests and telling them stories. Won't you come join? #bonaventurecemetery #visitsavannah #bonaventurecemeterytours #victorian #Egyptian #obelisk #savannahga #boredsavannah #shannonscottstoryist

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For centuries artists weren't permitted artistic interpretation of the cross. It was sacrosanct. The Victorian sculptors created a stir when they began to adorn them with Resurrection Lillys and other flowers. They were "modern" artists in that sense, pushing boundaries of meaning and existence. Some protested wildly, but we think they won over the world in the end. #bonaventurecemetery #visitsavannah #bonaventurecemeterytours #johnwalzsculptor #resurrectionlilly #bonaventure_is_for_lovers #shannonscottstoryist www.bonaventurecemeterytours.com

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#foggyinthecemetery

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