Photograph of Bonaventure Cemetery
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Photograph of Bonaventure Cemetery

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Unknown.
Title: Photograph of Bonaventure Cemetery
Dates: 1900
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 2384

Biographical/Historical Note

The Bonaventure plantation tract along the St. Augustine Creek was purchased from Commodore Josiah Tattnall by Peter Wiltberger in 1847. Wiltberger began developing the property as the Evergreen Cemetery of Bonaventure and it was opened for burials in 1850. Peter Wiltberger's son, William H. Wiltberger, was involved with the operation of the cemetery and following his father's death he formed the Evergreen Cemetery Company of Bonaventure. Wiltberger sold the property to stockholders of the company in 1869. The company regulated the sale of lots and perpetual care. From 1880 until its sale in 1907, John H. Estill served as president of the company. The cemetery was purchased by the City of Savannah in 1907 and is still in operation as Bonaventure Cemetery.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one 24.25x20 inch photograph of Bonaventure Cemetery which has been mounted on a thin piece of cardboard.


Index Terms

Bonaventure Cemetery (Savannah, Ga.)
Cemeteries--Georgia.
Photographs.
Savannah (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Processing information

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Restrictions

Access restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.