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5 Ways to Experience "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" in Savannah

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Book or movie – can we choose both? If you love “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” as much as we do, you should definitely check out these experiences while in Savannah.


Visit the Mercer House

Walk to Monterey Square and you’ll find the infamous Mercer House, made famous by the novel. The home, flanked by palm trees, has an air of eeriness that makes every photo extra intriguing. The house is known for the real-life events involving Jim Williams, which were featured in both the book and movie.

The Bird Girl statue is located at the Jepson Center.


Snap a Photo of the Bird Girl Statue

This mysterious statue achieved fame when it was featured on the cover of the novel, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Originally located in Bonaventure Cemetery, this well-known statue was moved to the Telfair Academy to be part of the art exhibition titled Before Midnight: Bonaventure and the Bird Girl.


Explore Bonaventure Cemetery

Although the Bird Girl statue is no longer located in Bonaventure Cemetery, this hauntingly beautiful Savannah cemetery still plays a huge role in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Under the Spanish moss canopy, the cemetery is rich in history and mystery along with stunning sculptures. At 160 acres, Bonaventure is Savannah’s largest cemetery, making it an absolute must-see!

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Photo courtesy of Clary's Cafe.


Dine at Clary's Cafe

If you’re familiar with the movie, you might remember a scene taking place at Clary’s with Luther, an eccentric character who always carried around a small bottle of poison. “Midnight” author John Berendt has been spotted dining at Clary’s over the years. Today, this restaurant has a stained glass portrait of the Bird Girl and other “Midnight” memorabilia.


Grab a pint at Churchill's Pub

The original Churchill's Restaurant & Pub was a featured location during the filming of the movie. This gastropub has a full menu of British and Southern favorites like steak and ale pies, as well as many beers from Savannah and across the pond! 

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