Colonial Park Cemetery
Colonial Park Cemetery is best-known for its iconic iron fences and role as the final resting place for veterans and leading citizens of early Savannah. The cemetery contains ten thousand graves and visitors to the city often tour the cemetery to see its monuments and memorials.
Backstory and Context
Established in 1750, Colonial Park Cemetery grew to six acres by 1789 and remains that size today. The cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Savannah, and no one has been buried there since 1853. The cemetery was the primary cemetery used by the residents from 1750 to 1853, after which point Laurel Grove Cemetery became the city's main cemetery.
The cemetery is the final resting place for Button Gwinnett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Major General Nathaniel Greene was also interned here in 1786, although his remains were moved from the Graham family vault to the Nathaniel Greene Monument in Johnson Square.
An epidemic of Yellow Fever caused 700 to be interned at the cemetery in the early 1820s. In the final years of the Civil War, Union soldiers used Colonial Park Cemetery as a campsite. During this time, some of the soldiers decided to have a little fun, altering headstones by carving different dates into some of the headstones. Today, visitors often enjoy searching for these altered gravestones.
"Colonial Park Cemetery." City of Savannah. Accessed January 6, 2016. http://www.savannahga.gov/index.aspx?NID=879.