Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah

Bonaventure Cemetery
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
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traveler592SL
Raleigh, NC33 contributions
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We stopped by Bonaventure around 9:30 on a Sunday as we wanted to visit before we left Savannah. The gates were open but the office had not yet opened when we got there- but it was open when we left about an hour later. Parking was easy, right inside the Jewish side of the cemetery, but you could drive through the main roads as well. The tours weren’t available on the day we visited, so we had a loose plan of walking around with a map. We did purchase the Bonaventure app on our phones for $4.95. If you plan to go, I recommend that you try to come on a day when the tours are available or book one of the Shannon Scott tours beforehand to learn more about the monuments and history. The app was ok, but we needed more of a focused plan of seeing and finding everything. We didn’t realize the Bird Girl statue that is so popular was not still in the cemetery, but had actually been moved to a museum. Overall, it was a nice morning walk, fresh air and exercise for us, but we left without seeing some of the main sites because we were tired of walking around.
Written January 6, 2020
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EbMnWS17
United States231 contributions
Couples
Bonaventure Cemetery is a museum of Victorian art (iron works, headstones, monuments, sculptures and stained glass)! Highly recommend taking a golf cart tour ($25/person) with Wanda Morrison (tel. (912) 944-7153 Savannah Cruzers! Wanda was an excellent tour guide & extremely knowledgeable. She is a retired school teacher and grew up in Savannah.
Written April 24, 2022
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blackriverwoman
West Virginia414 contributions
This is a must see when in Savannah. A free tour is given the 2nd Sunday of every month at 2pm. Meet at the corner of mullryne and wiltberger at colonial memorial garden within the cemetery. There is parking there. There is free parking at the front of the cemetery but you can also drive into the cemetery and park on the side of the streets. The tour is an 1 1/2 walking tour but is so interesting you don't know that that much time has passed. Donations to the historical society may be given at the end of the tour. The sculptures and old monuments are so beautiful as well as the stories of those who are buried here. It is like you are in a different time.
Written December 20, 2021
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Adventure37481303119
Newport, RI8 contributions
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We took an Uber to the cemetery. The famous “bird girl” statue made famous from the “Garden of Good and Evil” has been removed to the Jepson Museum in Savannah. It appears there was justifiable fears that it might be vandalized. So what’s left? Johnny Mercier’s grave at the end of cemetery not far from the waterway. Otherwise the cemetery is sad and mostly unkept. There are many b tour guides with groups - their fees should go towards caring for all the neglected graves. I would not recommend the cost for the Uber out and back.
Written April 13, 2022
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Stephen F
89 contributions
It's know because of the historic persons buried there. It's also known because of the book, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (and the movie that followed that).
Arguably, the fame from the later didn't do the cemetery many favors as fans came out to see the "Bird Girl" statue. So many came, that they moved it to a history museum.
My wife and I found the cemetery to be a peaceful place to walk and reflect about the history of the location. There are movers and shakers of the Colonial City settled in 1733. Then there are the ones that made this one of the most influential sites along the trade route between the northern colonies and the Spanish south (what became Florida).
The monuments are amazing with statuary that is as realistic as the great sculptures in any museum. That they represent one family or a single family member is truly an eternal tribute.
Do some homework first online. Get the map and drive yourself into the cemetery. From a central parking place, you can wander among the headstones and mausoleums as long as you like (before closing time of course).
There are tours you can pay for as well. Just knowing a bit of the history first will help your visit to be more enjoyable.
Written April 8, 2022
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linna1
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina67 contributions
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Dawn was our guide and she was fantastic. We’ve been on other tours before and wanted something different and she delivered explaining burial rituals and she sang a sample of Johnny Mercer’s songs and there were quite a few I never knew he wrote. The two hours went by so quickly I could listen to her stories forever. I will definitely take her tour again when I visit Sav
Written November 17, 2021
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TravelHappy237
Phoenix, AZ99 contributions
Having experienced the spectacular cemeteries in New Orleans, I expected the same here. Its a sprawling location with scattered items of interest; headstones, monuments, sculptures. The Bird Girl statue from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is no longer here having been moved to a local museum for it's protection. Instead, tourists have "substituted" another headstone of a young girl in its stead. Not the same. While the moss draped oaks lend a moody feel to parts of the cemetery, it wasn't enough to keep our interest during our walking tour. A smaller cemetery in town, the Colonial Cemetery was just as compelling as this one.
Written April 27, 2022
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Lottelli
Wirral, UK2,336 contributions
Couples
Absolutely fantastic.
Our hotel was able to organise a tour for us which was super as it was hot so we were shaded and also we would not have learnt half of what we did if it wasn’t for the guide. She whizzed us round in a golf buggy and pointed out notable graves and stones. She also was able to tell us about the history and notable period features. What a glorious place. So interesting.
Written July 10, 2022
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ElizabethLilly
New York City, NY331 contributions
Hear me out, even if you're not into creepy things like ghost walks our touring haunted historic manses...you should go here. Yes yes, you're aware of it from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" but this is a lovely spot to visit and just LOOKs enchanting thanks to all the oaks with Spanish Moss. The family plots are filled with various beautiful graves with a variety of funerary art, so there's lots to look at. Plus you'll have to check out the famous plots, which are well marked with signs. I used the 6th Sense tour led by Dawn (of the dead of Savannah) and I can NOT recommend her enough! She was so caring and interesting, and really made the trip so much more special. Her putting everything into context like funerary art and the original plot of the plantation house on the property made it so much more of a treat. At the very least, drive out there and walk around, but if you have the time take a tour with Dawn!
Written May 3, 2021
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Katie B
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We went at the end of March and all of the flowering bushes were in bloom. Combine that with the moss, trees, and elaborate graves, and it is a beautiful place. There are roads that go throughout, so if you are not up to walking it would still be enjoyable. We took a guided walking tour, through an outside company, and would recommend having a guide. There is a free public parking lot if you drive all of the way through the cemetery to the river.
Written April 4, 2021
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