Bonaventure Cemetery
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
About
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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  • JudyMetroNYCarea
    New York City, New York1,956 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit - Plan a tour so you don't miss the highlights
    A beautiful well maintained cemetery with lots of history. Very much worth the trip. I would highly recommend taking a tour to see the highlights. It's quite large and if you are not on a tour, you could miss some important monuments & graves. If you are looking for the statue on the cover of the book, Midnight in the Garden of good and evil, it's not there anymore. It was moved to a museum because of the amount of people visiting the site and damaging surrounding graves. Plan to spend a few hours walking around. Quite an amazing place.
    Visited August 2022
    Written July 4, 2023
  • LisaF
    Columbia, Missouri61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Haunting and beautiful
    This was on my list of things to see in Savannah but some in my group did not appreciate the significance of the cemetery. The statues and sculptures in the historic section are beyond beautiful. The artistry is breathtaking. The grounds are exceptionally well maintained and it's a serene walk through history. We arrived after lunch and I would recommend going in the morning to avoid the bugs and humidity.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Kelly D
    Hilliard, Ohio151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Spooky
    I used the Bonaventure Cemetery App ($4.99) and did the self-guided walking tour. The Cemetery is beautiful and spooky and historic and a must see if like me you are into cemeteries. I'm so glad I braved the 89 degree weather with 66% humidity and did this walk.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sculpture and gardens
    Recommended for those interested in history of area. We dropped in with just a vague notion of things to see. We drove through slowly, popping out when we wanted to see something or take a picture. Only those interested in the history of the area and art history were interested in seeing anything. Note: The Bird Girl has been moved to the Telfair Academy art museum. Some popular spots we found easily were: Noble Jones, Mercer plot, and Little Gracie. We spent some time just finding beautiful sculpture and trees to take pictures of, isn't hard here. Best parking may be at the back parking lot by the river. Would recommend stopping to get information at the welcome office or taking a fun tour through the cemetery if you want a little more information and are looking for specific locations.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Wayne W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must stop on your trip to Savannah
    What an amazing addition to your Savannah trip! Most people don't realize that the cemetery is free and open to the public. I would have paid for a tour had I not talked to some locals at one of the restaurants on River street. Unless you want to pay and get some history about the place. My wife and I just enjoyed the peace of walking around.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Carol Ann J
    Germantown, New York2,726 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and Beautiful Cemetery
    Bonaventure is a peaceful and beautiful cemetery on the grounds of a former plantation along the river. There are many magnificent live oak trees on the property as well. The grounds are nice and there is a variety of lovely monuments, statues, and headstones.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Tia B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bonaventure Tour was the highlight of our Savannah trip
    Our visit to Bonaventure was without question one of the highlights of our recent Savannah family gathering. The cemetery is beautiful in every way. There is such a feeling of calm as you wander the endless aisles of family gardens and plots. Beautiful southern scenery and amazing history everywhere you look. And the artisans who carved the sculptures and tombstones! We enjoyed every minute of it. Our tour guide Dawn was a delight. Thank you Bonaventure!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Linda V
    Savannah, Georgia35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    This is a beautiful cemetery. I highly recommend taking a formal tour to learn all the history of this place and about cemeteries in general. We did not take a tour this time as we live in Savannah and have done it several times before. We took out of town visitors there just to take a lovely walk. It's also a nice quiet place to escape all the noise of the city.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 17, 2023
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,328 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile seeing while in Savannah
    We took a walking tour here and enjoyed it. There is a lot to see and the setting is lovely. All the Spanish moss adds a bit of a creepy feel to the place. It is particularly lovely by the river. Because we did a tour, we had the benefit of a lot of history and got a good understanding of the different practices and traditions.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 18, 2023
  • owlbeonholiday
    Worcester, United Kingdom1,148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful historic cemetery.
    Spent a good hour+ wandering happily around this peaceful historic cemetery. There is a mix of different tomb styles, well maintained, plenty of greenery and roses. Free to park and enter. You can drive right into the cemetery which I found strange but drivers were very respectful. Tours available just outside the entrance.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2024
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thomas_joseph_quinn
North Kingstown, RI59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
On our first visit to Savannah Georgia, Barbara and I decided that we would most definitely taking the opportunity to view the famous Bonaventure cemetery. The day we chose the visit was very warm and sunny. There was an abundance of Sam mats swarming but they were not able to take away the pleasure of you derive from the experience of visiting such a historical a beautiful spot. Dawn our tour guide, Did an exceptional job of educating us about funerary statues and monuments art. Her amazing control and knowledge of the individuals and styles found in the cemetery provided us with an experience that we will not soon forget. In addition she provided fans, bug spray, and a personality and style that could simply not have been surpassed. Worth every cent, and an experience that will be rated among our best in Savannah. As a word of caution, one of the older ladies on our trip through the cemetery Briefly fainted probably due to dehydration and the heat. Be sure to wear bug spray and to carry water. All in all a very good experience thanks to Dawn.
Written March 16, 2020
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Wendy Z
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Sadness yet such beauty! Interesting to see how it's done "down south". Tour guide was exceptional and to see flowers blooming in January was such as added bonus! Highly recommend the tour. We did the golf cart tour and they will stop whenever you'd like along the tour.
Written January 27, 2020
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Sam36526
Daphne, AL89 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
If you decide to stroll a cemetery, this is a quiet and pleasant stroll through headstones by the waterfront. This is a spot for history buffs. Download the $5 app and drive the area if it’s at all hot outside, otherwise be at the mercy of a guide waxing on their time in sweltering heat. Overall, there are both better and worse places to spend an hour.
Written August 14, 2020
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Ashley B
Orlando, FL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
We had a great time on our tour of Bonaventure with Dawn (of the Savannah Dead)! We ended up with a solo tour at 10am, and she was a trooper giving us awesome stories, education about headstones/funeral imagery and even a quick medley of Johnny Mercer songs. It was a great way to show us the beautiful cemetery. There are so many good stories; we could’ve stayed out there all day listening to the history and chatting. However, the heat in Savannah is no joke! I recommend you find an early time for the tour or risk melting.

The cemetery itself is absolutely beautiful, and you are bound to find the history fascinating. We both recommend this tour and Dawn too. 🙂🙂
Written June 10, 2020
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Dana Gay
Savannah, GA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
This most beautiful cemetery is peaceful, majestic, spirit filled (no pun intended) the trees as old as time flowing with peat moss shadowing the area. There is so much history here..I love walking thru the Jewish part..it truly is surreal..there is plenty to do for visitors..you would not be sorry if you planned a trip..a must see
Written February 23, 2020
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189ronaldh
Birmingham, United States12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This was- at least for me- well worth the time. I think that it's best seen on foot but can be driven through here and there. It's big in size and significance.

Some of the city's old Jewish Community is on one side of a path with Christians of every denomination on the other.. While not unique, it's particularly striking here with so many magnificent and remarkable gravestones and architecturally noteworthy mausoleums. The beautiful Chapel and the unique Jewish Chapel and Circle,Colonial Monument Garden. Evergreen Circle, Walz Garden and Gaston Triangle are just a short list of must sees.

The great views from Bonaventure Bluff overlooking the Wilmington River, Basin Garden and American Legion Field along the edges are also time well spent. This is a piece of America's unique and amazing history in a great Southern Port carved in stone.
Written January 5, 2020
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Emily B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
My friends and I did a tour of the cemetery with Savannah Cruzers golf cart tours. We just kind of showed up and were planning on winging it. Tess was there with the tour company hanging out in her golf cart and said she could take us on a tour. Y’all she was amazing. Highly recommend if you can get her. She went above and beyond and not only do I feel like I got to see the majority of this outrageously huge cemetery, I learned so much and she would show us specific things we were asking about and hidden gems I’m sure we wouldnt have noticed. Honestly so glad we just showed up and got her as a tour guide. The grounds are beautiful but I definitely would t have noticed or appreciated as much as I did if it hadn’t been for her.
Written November 18, 2020
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blackriverwoman
Virginia464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
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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Rachele C
Orlando, FL36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! What an extraordinary visit to Bonaventure Cemetery. The amount of history in there was honestly overwhelming, if you plan to visit you will need a full day to receive it all. I highly encourage you to bring bikes and ride through it! BIG thank Tess Scheer of Savannah Cruzers for the wonderful tour and history lessons you provided for us. We could not have fully understand all the history without you or your exceptional knowledge!
Written September 24, 2020
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Katie B
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
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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