When we come to our final resting place, we may be remembered by an elaborate mausoleum, a block of stone, a wooden post, or perhaps nothing at all. Such is the manner in which those resting under the trees of Laurel Grove Cemetery are memorialized. Established in 1850 out of the property of Springfield, one of Savannah's earliest plantations, Laurel Grove Cemetery is one of the most mysterious and intriguing cemeteries in all of the city. Through her gates lie individuals who have made their mark locally and worldwide. In this beautiful sanctuary rest such notable individuals as Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of America; Florence Martus, who became more popularly known as the Waving Girl; James Pierpont, author of "Jingle Bells," the popular Christmas carol; and more than 600 Confederate soldiers.
About the Author
Author John Walker Guss is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is currently the site manager of Fort James Jackson. His third volume in the Images of America series, Savannah's Laurel Grove Cemetery is the first pictorial history ever written on this somewhat forgotten hallowed ground, where many of Savannah's most prominent citizens have been laid to rest. Mr. Guss is also the author of Fortresses of Savannah and Pierce County, Georgia.