The further that I went back in the graveyard, and the higher up the hill I walked, the more sad the stones began to look and the older they appeared to be. They were all in a state of severe disrepair and most of them had the names weathered off completely. While some were ominously in tact, others had snapped in half and only jagged pieces of what lay there before pushed up from the ground.
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Over 10,000 people were buried in Colonial park, but most of the gravestones no longer exist. There’s also a plaque marking the mass grave for victims of the Yellow Fever epidemic. The biggest kicker is that the borders of Colonial Park used to extend much further than where the gates say the cemetery ends. The legend that most of Savannah, GA is built upon its dead couldn’t be more true, and I was living in an example of it.
I was intimidated by what I had heard about it from other local cemetery aficionados. Forest Lawn supposedly embodied the antiseptic cheerfulness of Disneyland and the Las Vegas ideal of fine art. This is, categorically, a weirdly unpleasant description for a graveyard but as off putting as it sounded I was intrigued.