Dark, still, quiet, creepy Bonaventure Cemetery, founded as a family plot two centuries ago about 20 minutes outside of Savannah. This sprawling, dirt road-covered site, situated on a river, is overrun by huge, sprawling live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, creating a canopy of dark green overhead. Scene of voodoo, sex and intrigue in _Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil_ and original site of the iconic "Bird Girl" statue that adorns the cover of that book. Many plots here have statues portraying those buried within the mostly above-ground sarcophaguses. Governors, generals, philanthropists and 'lesser' souls as well are buried here. Today, it's said by those so inclined that you can hear--but not see--the cemetery's 'ghost dogs' howling, barking, prowling and panting here late at night.
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