The burial spot of Little Gracie, as she is affectionately known as, is the most visited spot within Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah.
Even after death, Gracie has remained an ambassador for Savannah. It seems that the spirit of Little Gracie Watson is still around. Many people have reported seeing the ghost of a little girl playing in Johnson Square, the Square that the Pulaski Hotel was built on. Some of the people who have seen this ghost have said that they believe the ghost to be a real girl, with a pretty white dress, running around Johnson Square, just as you would imagine any child to do….until she disappeared into thin air. I personally have never seen the ghost of Gracie Watson or talked to anyone to hear a first-hand account of them seeing her. Is her ghost really seen in Johnson Square? Or are these simply reports from people who had overactive imaginations? I guess I will have to spend some more time sitting in Johnson Square late at night to see if I can see her for myself.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking part of the story is the Gracie is here all alone. After her death, her father quit his job managing the Pulaski Hotel. He took a job working at the Desoto Hotel. However, that didn’t last too long. Eventually, he and Frances moved back to New England, leaving Gracie all alone in Savannah. After their deaths, Gracie’s parents were buried in New England. Is this part of the reason why Little Gracie’s gravesite is such a popular place to visit in Bonaventure? It would only be human of us to want to comfort the young girl, to keep her company, even after death. Perhaps we feel a need to keep her spirit from getting lonely, even though she is buried over 1000 miles from the only family she ever knew.
Photography by John C. Tripp of Tripp Studio
Print is 8×10″ Giclee on Semi-Gloss Photographic