SAVANNAH, Georgia (December 15, 2013) — Let’s celebrate our good fortune — the 2014 New Year — together! How about a Savannah, Georgia trip?
“Good fortune” is the meaning of bonaventura, the Latin original form of “bonaventure”. Perhaps that’s a good omen … a good reason to visit Savannah, Georgia and our city’s beautiful “Bonaventure”.
Here visitors find serene beauty and garden-like atmosphere. In the New York Times “Not to be Missed in Charleston and Savannah”, Bonaventure is recommended ‘because it’s ‘so beautiful’ and ‘very Savannah’.” TripAdvisor.com includes Bonaventure on its top attractions and activities in Savannah.
Contrary to popular option, it’s very likely you’ll hear an echo of lively, upbeat storytelling happening two rows over, witness photographers dotted in the landscape, or see amazed people strolling down the avenue at a graceful pace. When visiting Bonaventure it’s easy to forget: Savannah’s Bonaventure is an elegant cemetery — on Patricia Schultz’s Top 1000 Places to See before You Die.
Too few rejoice at a friend’s good fortune.
The best of southern socialities have played out at Savannah’s Bonaventure. One story goes like this. Shortly after the plantation mansion was completed, a dinner party was underway when a fire started in the roof. By the time it was noticed, the house could not be saved. Rather than disrupt his guests, the Bonaventure host moved the dining table to the outdoors, under the Live Oaks. The party continued by the warm light of the burning house.
How could one emerge from a home disaster with this level of graceful hospitality, or unflappable-ness? These southern tales play out again and again in Savannah’s Old South.
Yes, Bonaventure (originally 750 acres; 1760-1765) is a grand spot to peek interests in stories that touch romanticism in Savannah — Savannah’s colonial history, the unmissable as a prominent place on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway of the Wilmington River (once known as Warsaw River), and the place of escape when Georgia’s British Royal Governor went on the run the Liberty Boys of the American Revolution, departing by boat to England.
The Old South optimism and temperaments are obvious here, too — at least in history and tales. It’s a place where Sea Island cotton from the Bahama’s was first grown after the American Revolutionary War. Tales of Commodore Josiah Tattnall III, friend of U.S. Presidents, are part of America’s grand naval history. Pulitzer Prize poet Conrad Aiken’s bench invites “cosmos mariners” to stop and visit with a drink. Song titles decorate the name plates of songwriter and co-founder of Capitol Records, Johnny Mercer and his family — “And the angels sing”, “You must have been a beautiful baby”. A visiting bench in the Mercer plot include more can-do titles, including”Come Rain or Come Shine” and “Ac-cen-tchu-ate the Positive”.
Quintessentially, Bonaventure is Savannah’s Old South in appearance, art, optimism, stories, and welcome that transcends the here and now — the ancient tree-lined roadways, the many notable persons, sculptures by the internationally renown, manicured gardens maintained by the City of Savannah, and the southern storytelling.
Reportedly, environmentalist John Muir camped in Bonaventure for six nights during his 1867 “Thousand Mile Walk.” Of his experience, he wrote: “Bonaventure to me is one of the most impressive assemblages of animal and plant creatures I ever met … I gazed awe-stricken as one new-arrived from another world. Bonaventure is called a graveyard, a town of the dead, but the few graves are powerless in such a depth of life. The rippling of living waters, the song of birds, the joyous confidence of flowers, the calm, undisturbable grandeur of the oaks, mark this place of graves as one of the Lord’s most favored abodes of life and light.”
Think you’d like to start your New Year in a place named “Good Fortune”? Let us know when you’re ready to head our way — to Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast in Savannah, Georgia USA — whether Bonaventure is on your bucket list or not!
Meanwhile, we wish you Happy New Year! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (912) 447-8901.
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