Bonaventure Cemetery - Gracie Watson Gravesite
Little Gracie Watson 1883 - 1889
From the plaque in front of her grave:
"Little Gracie Watson was born in 1883, the only child of her parents. Her Father was manager of the Pulaski House, one of Savannah's Leading Hotels, where the beautiful and charming little girl was a favorite with the guests. Two days before Easter, in April 1889, Gracie died of pneumonia at the age of six. In 1898 when the rising sculptor John Walz moved to Savannah, he carved from a photograph this life sized, delicately detailed marble statue, which for almost a century has captured the interest of all passerby."
Finding Gracie Watsons Grave Site
Follow the signs when you drive into Bonaventure Cemetery and they will lead you to the Gracie Section. This photo is one of the first we took as we tried to find Gracie. Bonaventure Cemetery is filled with awesome statues made by some of the best marble guys to ever live. John Walz carved Gracies Statue and supposedly some 83 other statues in Bonaventure Cemetery, and some other in the other cemeteries in Savannah.
Gracie Watson Fenced In
Gracie' s Grave wasn't always fenced in. There is some sort of legend where if you hold money or coins, not sure which, and you walk around Gracie you will have good fortune or something like that. So things like that, and Gracie's nose being missing, they had to put a fence around her.
People still leave coins and toys for her to play with, flowers and other things. Gracie gets really mad if you take her things, so leave her something nice.
The Watson Family Plot Marker
This stone in front of Gracie is the Watson family plot marker. Although sadly, Gracie's parents, stricken with grief at the loss of their daughter, eventually moved away from Savannah and were buried elsewhere. I'm not sure of the exact location.
Notice the stones and rocks people have left for Gracie.
Gracie Watsons Gate
Gracie Watson Side View
This is the side view, notice how Gracie's nose is missing. Such a shame for such a wonderful statue.
Gracie Watson Information Plaque
This is the plaque that I quoted in the intro. It must not be too old since it says for over a century passerby have... So that says to me its made after 1998. Very nice plaque though.
Gracie Close Up
The detail in the statue is amazing.
This is the famous bird girl statue that was on the Book Midnight in the garden of good and evil. It was also in Bonaventure cemetery, but had to be moved after the movie was made and made the statue famous.
Gifts for Gracie
People leave gifts for Gracie all the time. You can buy the palm roses on the streets of Savannah. I saw one person selling them in one of the many squares, and another on the waterfront near the Riverboats. They probably move around a bit though, but you'll see one. Also notice the coins left on the fence also. A few other graves we saw at Bonaventure like that also.