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Savannah, GA

Except that we don’t stay up until midnight.  At least while we’re in Savannah.  It’s like we have small children we need to get home to, can’t stay out late – but in this case it’s because we’re traveling in a motor home and need to get back to Skidaway State Park so we don’t bother our campground neighbors with lights and noise ‘after hours’. We push the limits a bit, but we’re always home before the hoodoo hour.

Savannah lives up to her reputation –  layers of fascinating history, beautifully laid out and blooming squares,  historic homes, fun restaurants – and with one additional bonus we never even considered until we we started this new way of traveling last year – it’s motor home friendly.

That means that the Visitor Center, in the historic railroad complex, has RV parking and you can park there all day, or all night for that matter.  It’s very inexpensive, either way.

For a lot of people, Savannah is all about John Berendt’s book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  So here’s an obligatory Mercer House shot.

Mercer House, Savannah, GA

I fell victim to curiosity and took the house tour while Dick made some work calls.  The tour guide said it was a triple A tour – art, architecutre and antiques.  But I’ll bet most of the members of my tour group, who dished out $12. for the privilege of seeing the inside of  Jim William’s house were mostly interested in the murder.  Yes, the house was full of antiques and art – he was an antique dealer and a major player in the restoration of Savannah, and his collections were impressive.  But, let’s face it.  The den was what people had come to see.  When we finally got there,  I could hear people whispering, see them pointing.  It was where the murder took place.  Oops.  It wasn’t a murder, our tour guide tells us – it was an act of self defense.  And she reminds us that Williams was ultimately acquitted.  This isn’t the version we hear from every other tour guide we meet during our stay – the story outside the house is that after being found guilty in several trials, Jim William’s ultimately got away with murder.  It’s not surprising that Jim William’s sister, who now lives in the home, and controls access to the house, would want her brother remembered differently.

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery is beyond atmospheric – and we were there on a grey and rainy day, which made it all the more spooky and amazing.  Dick kindly drove me around, and let me off in blocks of the cemetery where the guide said I’d find my favorite dead people.  Head bent down, raincoat hood up – I managed to stumble upon most of them.

Johnny Mercer's Grave, Bonaventure Cemetery

Johnny Mercer's Grave, Bonaventure Cemetery

Johnny Mercer.   Just a few of all the wonderful songs Johnny Mercer wrote are listed on the bench at his grave site :

Come Rain or Come Shine,  Days of Wine and Roses, Hooray for Hollywood, In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, One for My Baby,  Skylark, Something’s Got to Give,  Old Black Magic,  You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby.

Conrad Aiken's grave

I wanted to see Aiken’s grave because he’s a writer and Pulitzer Prize winner.  I also learned that the martini scene from the movie version of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” was filmed here.  Pulitzer Prize and Hollywood – what a winning combination.

Little Gracie is one of the most visited grave sites in the cemetery.  She died of pneumonia at the tender age of 8 years, at Easter time.  She was a beloved child of the city at that time – and still has many followers.  Ghost stories too…

Gracie Watson grave site, Bonaventure Cemetery

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