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Bonaventure Cemetery

330 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, GA 31404
912.651.6843
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Ranked #6 of 120 attractions in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Cemeteries
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Bonaventure Cemetery was developed on the historically-significant site of Bonaventure Plantation. The peaceful setting rests on a scenic bluff of the... more » Owner description: Bonaventure Cemetery was developed on the historically-significant site of Bonaventure Plantation. The peaceful setting rests on a scenic bluff of the Wilmington River, east of Savannah. The site was purchased for a private cemetery in 1846 and became a public cemetery in 1907. Citizens and others can still purchase interment rights in Bonaventure. This charming site has been a world famous tourist destination for more than 150 years due to the old tree-lined roadways, the many notable persons interred, the unique cemetery sculpture and architecture, and the folklore associated with the site and the people. The entrance to the cemetery is located at 330 Bonaventure Road and is the largest of the municipal cemeteries containing nearly 100 acres. The cemetery is open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. . The main office of the Department of Cemeteries is located in the Bonaventure Administrative Building at the entrance. « less
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Garland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This is a Savannah landmark. It isn't a creepy cemetery but one that is so pretty. The best time to go early morning or right before it closes.

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Caro, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The sheer size of this place is daunting, but the history, beauty and atmosphere of it was a highlight of our trip. We took more pictures at this place than any other we had visited. Be respectful while you're here, but give yourself time to take in the history and beauty of this place.

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Atlanta GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I've always loved touring cemeteries and Bonaventure with it's beautiful ancient live oaks draped in Spanish moss and coastal view is one of the most serene and beautiful places I can imagine. Many graves are adorned with beautiful statuary making it more like a statue garden than a final resting place. One can drive down most lanes but it's so... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

But it is truly a beautiful site to see. The gardens are lovely and well maintained with amazing history all around. If you want to see the "bird girl" statue from the book/movie poster of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil don't bother. It was moved to the telfair museum shortly after they book was published in the... More

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The Bonaventure Cemetery is large and picturesque. There are graves from several different time periods, so you can see a variety of headstones and statues. The lanes, which run around the perimeter and throughout the interior, are shaded by live oaks, all draped with Spanish moss. This is an ideal visit for any history buff or photographer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I will admit that when it was first suggested I visit a cemetery, I was a little creeper out because cemeteries have always been places associated with saddness and zombies. But this place is gorgeous. I was really struck by how beautiful and well kept it is. The sculptures and larger headstones were amazing. I wanted to do the night... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is a truly beautiful cemetery and site. A photographer's dream on an overcast day with all of the statues and monuments. Even though we missed the azaleas, it was still gorgeous. You can drive around or drive to the middle and walk around depending on the weather. A not to miss site on a visit to Savannah. Take your... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Must go back and dedicate more hours to this beautiful, solemn site. Appreciated that we could drive through the rows of grave-sites to admire the beautiful monuments and statues all from the comfort of the air conditioned car. I would love to return to walk and photograph this truly peaceful and unique place.

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North Muskegon, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Worth finding, but the statue is long gone to a museum! Lots to explore and read re: local history, families and their comings and goings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This cemetery truly is beautiful. During the day it is not very creepy or ghoulish, just simply beautiful. For any amateur (or professional) photographers out there, this is a must see.

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