Magnolia Cemetery’s the kind of place that locals always mean to visit but never get round to — until it’s too late to enjoy it. It’s a spectacular place, as much a plantation as a graveyard, with an atypical pyramid-shaped monument and the final resting place (we hope) of the Hunley crew. Ted Ashton Phillips Jr. brings it to life in his book City of the Silent
, which serves as a selected biography of the residents and a concise tour guide. You can even visit the author, who died in 2005 after a long battle with AIDS. He now rests in the Northeast Section, buried in the cemetery where he once worked as a grave digger. For a man who was so fascinated with Magnolia’s history, this is an apt final destination.