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Bonaventure Cemetery

330 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, GA 31404
912.651.6843
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Ranked #8 of 121 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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hana527
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

We'd heard so many good things about this Cemetery but found it disappointing especially compared to Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston. Yes it was historic but we did not find it particularly interesting beyond Johnny Mercer's grave and "Gracie".

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

It is beautiful and fascinating place, steeped in Savannah history. I bought the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, after visiting here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I love going to Bonaventure anytime I visit Savannah. Such a beautful cemetery chock full of history. I could get lost walking around all day. The ground are beaufully kept and nestled next to the river, take your camera for some awesome pictures.

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Guyton, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Beautiful scenery on the river and other places in the cemetery as well. It has some famous people in Savannah that is buried there so it is a rather interesting place to visit. Some very old plots as well very neat to just walk and see all the tombstones and history.

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I know it sounds strange but walking in the Savannah cemetery is a walk is a great way to get out and smell the roses (shrubs and other blooming plants). Landscaped and historical. Kind of alarming how a couple of centuries ago most people didn't make it to 50 yrs.

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northern england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Amazing place, but do a tour or you will miss out on so much (DASH tours were fantastic). Don is passionate & very informative.

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Peoria, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The big live oak trees with their hanging tentacles of moss and some ancient grave marks could be a perfect setting for a King novel.One can drive through this cemetery, paths are named. We found Johnny Mercer's family plot. You have to see what engraved on his bench.

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Winter Haven, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Loved all of our days in Savannah and vicinity, including Tybee Island, the lighthouse and the Crab Shack for seafood.

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LaGrange, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

There were alot of people dying to go here...I know you may think going to a cemetary sounds dull but the surroundings, architecture, and history combine to make this a beautiful cemetary. The masoleuns and statues are amazing. I wish i could have spent more time here maybe even an eternity as there are still plots remaining.

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

The statues and monuments are beautiful. I've never seen such grandeur in a cemetery. To call it beautiful.....with all the tall trees, the Spanish moss and the river, beauty abounds. And so do the mosquitos.

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