Thou Better Not Go To Bonaventure Without This Map
Savannah, Georgia - Bonaventure Cemetery is one of Savannah's most visited destinations for tourists and locals alike, but it's also where getting lost in its 100 acres and among its thousands of monuments is almost guaranteed. Never again with the new Bonaventure Cemetery Illustrated Map. Now visitors to this hauntingly beautiful historic garden cemetery can get an immediate "big picture" of its crisscrossing avenues, aisles and alleys in order to find her most famous residents.
This new 3D, birds-eye-view pictorial map, published by Michael Karpovage of Karpovage Creative, Inc., is a must-have for taphophiles–people who visit cemeteries to learn the history of those interred within and who appreciate the monuments, symbolism and funerary art as if it were an outdoor museum. When you unfold the map to its 18x27" poster size, you are pulled into a densely illustrated landscape highlighting Bonaventure's most visited graves. The artwork is reminiscent of a cartographic style popular in the 19th-century and fitting for a cemetery borne in the Victorian era. Short bios of the most notable burials surround the main illustration while factoids about the cemetery are peppered throughout. Best of all, there are no distracting advertisements interfering with the artwork. The reverse side of the map gives a history of the property along with definitions of symbols found at grave sites.
Shannon Scott, owner of Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys, remarked that, "as a student of Bonaventure history for 25 years and as proprietor of the cemetery's first daily tour company in 2002, I can assure you that for 800,000 visitors to the property a year, a solid map has been the weakest link of the whole experience...Michael Karpovage has made more than just a map to the place, he's made history with its making. Not since the cemetery was founded in 1846 has a true visitor map that functions solidly, existed." Lee Maltenfort, chairman of the Bonaventure Historical Society, concurs. "Mr. Karpovage's map of Bonaventure Cemetery is one of the most well-researched documents about the cemetery that has been published in recent years."
The Bonaventure map is Karpovage's third in his Savannah series. In 2012 he debuted the Savannah Historic District Illustrated Map, and in 2015 he released the Haunted Savannah Illustrated Map. "After visiting Bonaventure several times as a tourist and getting lost myself," says Karpovage, "I felt there needed to be an upgrade in the navigational tools offered to the public. And as a Savannah history lover, Bonaventure was not only very well deserving of a map, but also of telling her story in a highly visual way."
"There's an old saying in Savannah," says Shannon Scott, "that, You've not been to Savannah until you've been to Bonaventure. I would now like to offer as an addendum, Thou better not go to Bonaventure without this map!"
Michael Karpovage is an award-winning cartographer, author and designer based out of Roswell, GA. His new Bonaventure Cemetery Illustrated Map can be found at KarpovageCreative.com, at Amazon.com and is also being sold at Bonaventure Cemetery.
Close-up images can be seen here on the U.S. Amazon link.