Laurel Grove Cemeter(ies)

Laurel Grove Cemeter(ies)

Less heralded than Bonaventure Cemetery on Whitemarsh Island, but nearly as beautiful and free from almost any tourist presence, the twin cemeteries of Laurel Grove North and Laurel Grove South are nice places to spend a quiet afternoon among the dead.

Gate Laurel Grove

Laurel Grove was established in 1853, after the more central Colonial Park Cemetery was deemed too full and closed to further burials. With plenty of room on Savannah’s western side, the city fathers split their new cemetery into two separate sections: north for whites, south for blacks.

They’re really two separate cemeteries, with different entrances. We didn’t know that, and spent a long time walking around Laurel Grove North, looking for a southern section. But we never found anything, and instead spent the afternoon admiring the gorgeous tombstones clearly erected for rich families. There was nobody there, save for one group of Girl Scouts hovering around the grave of Juliette Gordon Low.

The next day, having being corrected by amused friends, we drove to Laurel Grove South. Just as haunting and beautiful as its twin to the north, but completely different in feeling, without nearly as many glorious, towering monuments. Nor as many Girl Scouts. We might have preferred the southern section, though, for the melancholy and humble vibe of its anonymous slave section.

If you’re looking for a lovely, desolate place to spend a few hours in Savannah, Laurel Grove might fit the bill. I’m not sure why, but visiting cemeteries always brings me a sense of solace.

Locations on our Savannah Map: Laurel Grove North | Laurel Grove South

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Pictures of Laurel Grove North:

Dead Girl Scout
Aisle 9 Cemetery
Angel Face
Cage Grave
Bling Grave
Cemetery Savannah
Cemetery Gate
Eypt Grave
Sad Girl Scouts
Grave Yard
Handle Grave
Open Grave
Hang in there Angel
Little Grave
Marines Cemetery
My Wife
My Husband
Savannah Cemetery
Real Angel
Very First Web Url
Grave Unknown Soldier
Baby Land
Baby Land Savannah

Now pictures from Laurel Grove Cemetery South:

Savannah Obelisk
Slaves Burial
Slave Cemetery
Three Graves Savannah
Stone Roeses
Gates Savannah
Fake Flowers
Little Roots Guys
Speed Smart Funeral
Strange Grave
No Strangers in Savannah


  • Dave

    Thanks for the photos – for some reason I have never ventured to this cemetery, even though it has always hovered on my to-do list.

    January 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm
  • Deb Baker

    Hi, guys! Gorgeous photos!! Now we must get to Laurel Grove! Will npbe in Savannah in exactly two weeks. LOVE Savannah and love your assorted stories :)Deb from Michigan.

    April 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm
  • Isa

    As I told you a few weeks ago on facebook, your guide was our favorite book when we visited Savannah, and we discovered this cemetary thanks to you: it was wonderful. Thanks again!

    September 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm
  • KP

    Home Sweet Home!!  No place else in the world like it!!!

    September 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm