Cozy Cottages & Happy Homes

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

October 2010

We Love You Miss Sylvia!

We here at Mermaid Cottages, and the rest of the Tybee community, are saddened today. Miss Sylvia, our local musical treasure, passed away Saturday at the age of 101. Her wonderful musical talent and bright spirit will be greatly missed!

Ghost Dogs of Bonaventure Cemetery

It’s October…the perfect time for spooky stories! The Savannah area is no stranger to the spirit world…we are The Most Haunted City in America after all!
Did you know legend has it that the Bonaventure Cemetery is prowled by a pack of ghostly K-9s? There have been reports of visitors to the cemetery feeling as if they are being followed! Though no one has ever seen the dogs, and there is no physical evidence of them, visitors still say growling, barking, and the frenzied sound of rushing paws can be heard.

Now, locals know that lack of physical evidence doesn’t mean it’s just your imagination. Savannah is teeming with other worldly visitors, some more easily heard than seen. So, next time you’re in the area, take time to explore and learn about our haunted history! Happy Haunting!

Tybee Tidbits: Haunting Good Times on Tybee!

Looking for something fun to do with your family for Halloween that doesn’t involve you getting your wits scared out of you? Well, come on down to the River’s End Campground Pavilion tonight! They are having their October Movie nights this weekend and Friday’s movie is It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. It’s a classic, so don’t miss it!

Saturday is full of Halloween fun too! Bring the costumed kiddies out to Lewis Avenue from 6 to 9 pm and enjoy a little trick or treating. Trick-or-treaters get to visit the homes on Lewis, and the community contributes the treats so our Lewis Avenue neighbors don’t go broke! Donations are being accepted in the blue barrels at City Hall and at the Tybee Island Fire Department Headquarters.

After you go trick-or-treating, make sure you head back to River’s End for their Saturday movie, The Addams Family, at 8 pm! There’s a lot of fun planned this weekend here on Tybee, so come out and have a haunting good time!

Mermaids in Our Midst: Wedding Party!

We just love when couples choose Tybee as their wedding location! We were lucky enough recently to have quite a few weddings on the island, and this group was wonderful!
Mermaid Jan made sure the honeymoon cottage was just right…relaxing and inviting after the crazy whirlwind of planning! Didn’t she do a splendid job?!

Jan also tells us the ceremony was beautiful, original, and even funny. The groom vowed to make his Eggplant Parmesan once a year, and the bride vowed to use the golf clubs he bought for her once a year! Isn’t that unbelievably sweet!?

We were so happy to have everyone at our cottages for this wonderful and special event! We want to wish all the happiness in the world to the newly weds!

Live Like a Local: Bonaventure Cemetery

Everyone in the Savannah area knows about the Bonaventure Cemetrery. It’s been the “premier” cemetery for over 100 years, but it gained world wide fame from what locals call The Book…better know as John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. But there’s a lot more to Bonaventure Cemetery than a book and movie location.

Bonaventure Cemetery was used as a burial ground as early as 1794, when Governor Tattnall buried a relative there. The cemetery is the final resting place of local and national figures alike. Johnny Mercer, Conrad Aiken, and the Trosdal plot, famous for “The Bird Girl” statue now housed in the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences. Jack Leigh, the photographer who took the picture of the statue on the cover of The Book, is also laid to rest in Bonaventure.

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Though many claim it is just as haunted as the rest of Savannah, the fact remains that Bonaventure is a beautiful, peaceful place full of history. There are, of course, plenty of tours you can take, but you can also stop by the small visitors center for free information you can use for a self guided tour, provided by The Bonaventure Historical Society. You can explore area history through the stones, enjoy the huge Live Oaks draped in Spanish moss, and take in the view from the banks of the beautiful Wilmington River.

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Bonaventure Cemetery is a graceful and historical gem! Make sure you visit on your next trip to Savannah. Take a picnic, enjoy the view, explore a little history, and feel like a local for a while. See you soon!