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Bonaventure Cemetery

330 Bonaventure Rd, Savannah, GA 31404-3295
+1 912-651-6843
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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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330 Bonaventure Rd, Savannah, GA 31404-3295
+1 912-651-6843
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Reviewed April 10, 2016

I arrived as the gates opened at 8:00 a.m. and was the only visitor. Totally had the cemetery to myself to slowly drive and stop, reflect and take photos. I was moved by the military section and quite surprised by the piano headstone.

Thank genyit
Reviewed April 10, 2016

This cemetery is featured in the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and it lives up to its billing. It is really pretty but also scary with all of the spanish moss draping from the trees. It's pretty easy to find the...More

Thank MOmtravels4
Reviewed April 10, 2016

This cemetery has a 100 acres but you can drive around it. We wanted to go this is where because this used to be the site of the Bird Girl from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She is no longer there now...More

Thank Cubs1151
Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

This was the highlight of my two days in Savannah! We took Shannon Scotts walking tour of the cemetery and loved every minute. As he said, you don't understand Savannah until you understand Bonaventure. If you do just one thing, you must do this!

Thank DoriM
Reviewed April 10, 2016

Bonaventure is a must see, beautiful and picturesque. We didn't take the guided tour, but have returned twice and will go back again.

Thank 602Kathy
Reviewed April 9, 2016

We didn't know that the famous "bird girl" statue was no longer in the cemetery, but it was still a beautiful historic cemetery to visit. Interesting to see the different burial styles from home (Minnesota), and just wander around looking.

Thank holmz
Reviewed April 9, 2016

We were greeted by a kindly and knowledgeable gentleman who took the time to share some of the highlights that the cemetery has to offer. We had about an hour here before it closed at 5 pm and could have used several. Bring a camera,...More

Thank Tony P
Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

This place is really neat with its Spanish moss in ancient Graves. I will confess that I was disappointed after 45 minutes of searching to discover the bird girl statue had been moved! It makes sense I get it. Don't let that stop you there's...More

Thank Jim S
Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

This was one of my favorite stops in Savannah. It was beautiful and peaceful. Lots of people walking dogs and biking, more like a park than a cemetary. The tour was interesting and informative. I would rate this a must see.

Thank Paula B
Reviewed April 8, 2016

As we drove in to this historic cemetery we were unimpressed and we were ready to leave. As we took a few turns and ended up on the back side near the river, we found a whole new world. We could have wandered for hours...More

Thank Bryan H
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April 11, 2017|
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Response from travelinfool49 | Reviewed this property |
This is a "long" stroll. "..plenty of benches" is a stretch, but there are a few and it can be driven through as well. Bring water and you will love it. It's very shaded. Enjoy
Haley S
March 4, 2017|
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Response from Jeannine B | Reviewed this property |
There is a map available at the cemetery. It is also very well marked if you are looking for certain burial sites. I wouldn't use a tour guide. Take a stroll and absorb the great history. I would also try Amazon for... More
March 2, 2017|
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Response from Sandy O | Reviewed this property |
As the others said, there is no charge to drive through. You can park outside and walk if you wish. We drove in, and where there were wider sections we got out and walked, came back, and moved the car to the next spot... More