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31 Days of Spook – Colonial Park Cemetery

16 Oct

Hello ghouls and ghosts – Mom/dad vacation yearly in historic Savannah, Georgia, I thought today I would focus on a wonderful cemetery in Savannah. Mom/dad have been here often and walked among the graves and tombstones… and perhaps some living and unliving. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

The cemetery I’m focusing on today is the Colonial Park Cemetery. It was established in 1750 and has been restored. It is located at the corner of Abercorn and Oglethorpe Streets in Savannah, Georgia. What an amazing archway they have to enter into the cemetery. This cemetery is amazing – so mom/dad says – snorts. I wouldn’t know first hoove but mom/dad did give me a lot of information by phone last night.

There are over 10,000 people buried here; however, there are only around 1,000 grave markers. Many people were buried in mass graves, others have had their grave markers knocked over and/or destroyed. The cemetery was actually closed for new burials before the Civil War and there are no confederate soldiers buried; however, the war did leave a mark. Federal troops took over the cemetery grounds during their occupation in Savannah. Many of the graves were looted and desecrated. It’s said that a lot of the union soldiers changed the dates on many of the headstones. Some dates look like the persons died before they were even born! Can you imagine with a lot of this information why some people are not having their final rest in peace? I’m sure some are still looking for their grave markers wanting to be remembered. Others are perhaps upset over the desecration of their headstones. It makes you wonder really who is walking beside you that you can’t see while you are visiting.

This cemetery closes at dark and there’s a good reason. Savannah has many Voodoo practitioners still living in and around the area. Before the cemetery started closing at night, it wasn’t uncommon for early morning visitors to find remnants of Voodoo rituals from the night before. Sometimes the soil from the graves was used in rituals and sometimes graves were raided in order to obtain human bones.

And, we can’t forget the story of Rene Asche Rondolier. He’s one of the most famous ghosts of Colonial Park Cemetery. Rondolier was a disfigured orphan who was said to call Colonial Park Cemetery his home in the early 1800’s. He was accused of murdering two young girls and their bodies were found in the cemetery. Rondolier was dragged to a nearby swamp, lynched and left for dead. More dead bodies turned up in the cemetery in the days that followed. The people in the town were convinced it was Rondolier’s ghost. Some even say that the cemetery is Rondolier’s playground.

Shivers! If that’s not enough to make you jump at things that go bump in the night! I’ll leave this cemetery for mom/dad to explore.

I want to thank my new friend Deborah Petite at http://www.visit-historic-savannah.com for allowing me to use her pictures. If you get a chance, check them out – tell them Bacon sent you 🙂

Oh, and before I go. I want to share something I found on YouTube on the Colonial Park Cemetery. A family was actually on vacation and caught something on camera. Their video made it on the news and is kind of intriguing. Here is the news clip from what they caught. Do you believe? What do you think now?

 
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17 responses to “31 Days of Spook – Colonial Park Cemetery

  1. guineapigsqueak

    10/16/2014 at 2:47 am

    Creepy -shudders-

     
    • PigLove

      10/16/2014 at 11:08 am

      But a lot of fun to explore my friend… well so says my mom who we all know is nuts – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

       
  2. Molly The Wally

    10/16/2014 at 5:02 am

    Nothing like a spooky cemetery to make the furs stand on end. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

     
    • PigLove

      10/16/2014 at 11:10 am

      Snorts – you are so welcome my sweet friend. XOXO – Bacon

       
  3. hutchagoodlife

    10/16/2014 at 5:40 am

    Ooooo that’s soo creepy! *shudders*

    xxxx

     
    • PigLove

      10/16/2014 at 11:17 am

      It’s very interesting. Mommy says this cemetery has a real creep factor. She loved it but you could feel it. Shudders – that’s okay. I’m safe here at the Hotel Thompson…. I think. Snorts. XOXO – Bacon

       
  4. Reilly & Denny

    10/16/2014 at 8:15 am

    that one would be way to creepy for us 🙂

     
    • PigLove

      10/16/2014 at 11:19 am

      It’s for sure a different kind of cemetery. Dad says some of the headstones are real out there with the changed dates. XOXO – Bacon

       
  5. easyweimaraner

    10/16/2014 at 8:31 am

    why have they changed the dates on the stones? was there a special reason for that or was it just cockiness? I’m glad that I have an ole momma, just in case she will visit that cemetery. Probably Rondolier will stay away from her. many thanks for a scary story about a place whats WORTH a visit!

     
    • PigLove

      10/16/2014 at 11:22 am

      They people that changed the dates on the headstones were there during the war. It was cold. Some of them got bored and changed the dates thinking it was ‘funny’. Others to stay warm, actually dug their ways into crypts. It’s horrid to think of the things they did in this cemetery. That *has* to be an added reason of why so many people in the cemetery are at an unrest situation. XOXO – Bacon

       
  6. sheilaenglehart

    10/16/2014 at 9:34 am

    Reblogged this on Sheila Englehart and commented:
    Another great heads-up from my friend, Bacon. Best ghost footage I’ve seen.

     
  7. gentlestitches

    10/16/2014 at 7:34 pm

    I would like to visit there. In the day time with friends. Great video! 😀

     
    • PigLove

      10/17/2014 at 9:27 am

      It’s a wonderful cemetery. Very beautiful – very serene. But there is a certain feel to it. I’m sure mom/dad will be visiting it again soon. XOXO – Bacon

       
  8. speedyrabbit

    10/17/2014 at 2:29 am

    Looks like part of the set for Buffy the Vampire Slayer…well thats what mum says,xx Speedy

     
    • PigLove

      10/17/2014 at 9:32 am

      Snorts. It is a great cemetery for sure. Eerie. Savannah is full of spooky places. Some say that it’s one of the most haunted places in the world. XOXO – Bacon

       
  9. Nylabluesmum

    10/21/2014 at 12:38 pm

    Dat Rondoleer dude sounz like he waz bery bery angree n whether he waz still alive or dead it soundz like he gotz hiz reevenge!!!!
    Sad da headstonez n gravez deseecrated!
    Lub Nylablue n Sherriellen x0x0x0

     
    • PigLove

      10/21/2014 at 2:43 pm

      I so agree! No wonder these people are not at rest. XOXO – Bacon

       

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