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Bonaventure Cemetery - Gracie Watson Gravesite

Updated on August 14, 2013

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

Gracie Watson from the road.
Gracie Watson from the road.

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 Watsons enclosure
Gracie Watsons enclosure

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

Watson Family Plot Marker
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 Gate
Gracie Watson 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

Gracie Watson Plaque
Gracie Watson 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

Gracie Watson Closeup
Gracie Watson Closeup

The detail in the statue is amazing.

Potina 7776 Miniature Bird Girl 15 Inch
Potina 7776 Miniature Bird Girl 15 Inch

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

Gracie Watsons Gifts
Gracie Watsons Gifts

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.

Photo Video of Gracie Watson

Leave Gracie a Message, she won't forget it. - RIP Gracie Watson

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      steveko 3 years ago

      @Arachnea: If you ever get the chance to visit Savannah GA, go to Bonaventure Cemetery.

      It is beautiful. And make certain to leave a gift for Gracie :)

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      The sculpture is beautiful. I can almost get a feel for the little girl herself. I love graveyards also.

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      Gosh, I think I might have visited Gracie Watson when we were in Savannah! I personally will visit any cemetery that is in my travel path. I love them. What a cool memorial.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      It is always a very sad thing when parents lose children since they always hope to see their children grow to adulthood and lead successful lives. And they also expect to die before their children.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      You make such a sad place look so beautiful.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Many lost their lives to pneumonia in that day. Sad she was so young.

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      steveko 5 years ago

      @renewedfaith2day: Yes it is a very touching story.

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      renewedfaith2day 5 years ago

      You know, I have often wondered about "the story" whenever I come across a monument such as this. As sad as this is, it is apparent that this child was loved and adored.

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      Fox Music 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this remarkable lens "Bonaventure Cemetery - Gracie Watson Gravesite"

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      It's always sad when children die so young.

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      It's always sad when children die so young.

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Pictures are nice!

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      HeatherM2 5 years ago

      A sad story, but beautiful imagery, well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      May God bless you little one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      dear gracie my familys last name is watson. God be with you.

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      WhiteOak50 5 years ago

      I have been there. Great job on this page ~Blessed~

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      A sad story indeed! I wonder if one did a bit of research if the family could be located. I hope that you do another lens on the cemetery.

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      Chuck Nelson 6 years ago from California

      A bitter sweet story

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      Lynda Makara 6 years ago from California

      Beautiful story and pictures.

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      steveko 6 years ago

      @Tom Maybrier: Bonaventure Cemetery is one of a kind. I'm going back there soon. I will make a lens about it too.

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      Tom Maybrier 6 years ago

      Great lens. I love cemeteries!