Bonaventure Cemetery’s Hartmann Twins’ Sculpture


Bonaventure Cemetery’s Hartmann Sisters Statue is probably one of the most asked about by visitors to Bonaventure and one of the most overlooked at the same time.

Sculptor John Walz devoted a number of statues to the Hartmann family plot, but there are few statues more iconic than the monument placed here commonly called “The Hartmann Twins.” This has become misleading as the two sisters never knew each other but sculptor John Walz represents them cuddling as if they had been close in life. The sisters are depicted on top of either an inverted baptismal basin, child’s wash-tub or possibly a child’s crib. The inversion of the object is to show the close of a life. Watch the video on our page or check out our YouTube Channel, BonaventureTV The Hartmann Sisters

Also this monument is in need of serious cleaning and other preservation! If interested in sponsoring a cleaning of it, please contact The City of Savannah Cemetery Department’s Preservation Coordinator Sam Beetler at 912-651-6772 or email and let them know you’d like to know more about how to help this rare, precious and endangered monument!


Little Gracie Birthday Tour Highlights


For those that missed or were unable to attend The First Annual Little Gracie Birthday Tour we’ve brought along some photos and video highlights for you to enjoy! I was especially nervous about the cake but baker Tina Arnsdorff did such a beautiful job! It was somehow cosmic that she’s 8 months pregnant with one in the over herself! For Little Gracie’s 140th we plan on doing a life size statue cake so everyone plan on being here July 10, 2022! It will consist of a city wide tour visiting important sites relative of sculptor John Walz’ life and times! Before the tour closed, our very own Lazarus Boone made an appearance to play Happy Birthday on his violin where your’s truly can be heard prominently singing to her of course!

Little Gracie Program

Little Gracie Tour Program

Little Gracie Tour Program Interior

Some thoughtful words by Shannon Scott

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