Mom and dad take a vacation usually every year 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.
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?
10/16/2015 at 2:07 am
There are so many wonderful ghost pictures and ghost videos on youtube … My cousin thanks you for bringing them to her attention.
10/16/2015 at 8:54 am
Snorts and rolls with piggy laughter. You know anything for my friends :0 XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2015 at 3:09 am
why have they changed the dates? just to create mischief or was there a special reason for that? I wouldn’t like to meet the ghost of Rene… bet he is an angry ghost and comes back for revenge… OMD! it looked as if the whatevberwhatitwas jumped on the back of one of that peeps…bro, if my cam would show me such things, I would throw it in the next bush and I would run for my life…
10/16/2015 at 9:06 am
People got bored during the war and for fun changed the dates. Shakes piggy head. Horrible thing to do. Some of these graves are so old and delicate to begin with. It is a very eerie cemetery for sure says mom/dad. XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2015 at 6:21 am
“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil!” Enjoy the full movie if you dare. 👻 🎃
10/16/2015 at 9:07 am
Oh yes – we have seen the movie and read the book. Totally awesome! XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2015 at 9:08 am
Was the book similar to the movie?
10/16/2015 at 9:12 am
Pretty much. Few changes here/there but basically the same. XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2015 at 9:15 am
Thanks! On to another scary read! 👻
10/16/2015 at 8:01 am
Heebie jeebies Bacon..sure looks mighty weird ti me my friend..yikes!!!! again another great spooky post 🙂 and you want me to visit you…sheesh bwahhahaha 🙂 loves Fozziemum xx
10/16/2015 at 9:11 am
Snorts with piggy laughter. But of course I would never have mom/dad show you the spooky places if you visited. No way – we would go to the fun places for sure. XOXO – Bacon
10/19/2015 at 9:29 am
Crabs that is what we would do..and beach..oh yeah! xxx
10/16/2015 at 8:35 am
10/16/2015 at 9:28 am
Sounds like of sad and creepy. That video is pretty creepy. Especially going up the tree.
10/16/2015 at 10:29 am
I thought so too. I couldn’t believe it the first time I saw the video. Especially right after mom/dad visited the cemetery – shivers. XOXO – Bacon
Kate @ Did That Just Happen?
10/16/2015 at 9:37 am
Love it! I gave up cable and only have internet TV, but the one show I miss is Ghost Hunters on Syfy, love watching them disprove and scare me in the process… but when they finally get one they have no explanation for, well, that causes you to sit up!
10/16/2015 at 10:30 am
I agree! I do watch GH on my television in my bedroom along with a lot other paranormal shows – I love them. Mom watches GH on youtube as well. XOXO – Bacon
Kate @ Did That Just Happen?
10/16/2015 at 10:33 am
Tell you Mom thanks for the YouTube tip!!!
10/16/2015 at 10:40 am
No problems. They have full shows of just about every show you can imagine. She often watches them on long trips. XOXO – Bacon
10/16/2015 at 11:45 am
oh How exciting ….Hehehe I just love this Bacon,xx Speedy
10/16/2015 at 12:30 pm
Thanks my sweet friend. XOXO – Bacon
The Canadian Cats
10/16/2015 at 6:16 pm
This is a great place…..spooky yes but a must see while in Savannah.
Shoko and mom
10/16/2015 at 6:45 pm
Most definitely a must see. It’s very pretty yet amazing. XOXO – Bacon
10/17/2015 at 4:14 pm
That was a creepy video. The investigator suggested the cameraman should have gone closer but I am rather glad he didn’t. Remember the graveyard we took Bashful to in Japan? We were asked to bow to the ghost guide when we left. Shivers!
10/18/2015 at 10:03 pm
Shivers indeed Auntie Sharon! That would have been frightening for me for sure. XOXO – Bacon