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Bonaventure Cemetery
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Ranked #12 of 222 things to do in Savannah
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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 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.
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Teh cemetery is huge. We drove through and looked at the various graves and different style of graves. Many people who lived during the Civil War are buried here and there is a section for the soldiers of the Spanish American War. Also, do not miss Johnny Mercer's grave among other famous people buried here.

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"family plots"
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"wilmington river"
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"jewish section"
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"midnight in the garden"
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"buried here"
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"beautiful statues"
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"guided tour"
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"historical society"
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"peaceful place"
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"live oaks"
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"bird girl statue"
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"shannon scott"
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"lots of history"
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

We recently went on vacation to Tybee Island and on the list of things to was Bonaventure Cemetery. On September 10, 2012 spend four hours at Bonaventure with my family taking photos, studying the families buried there. I am a genealogist and this cemetery is haunting beautiful. September 14, 2011, I went back and spent 7 hours in Bonaventure Cemetery. This is a must see cemetery if your are traveling in the Savannah or Tybee Island area. I took almost 600 photos in this cemetery and could have taken more but time for us to leave was nearing. It was not about the famous people but the experience of Bonaventure Cemetery. It is more interesting if you get out of your car and walk this cemetery. You discover more than driving. What a great time and experience it was to have been at Bonaventure. I will go back next year.

1  Thank Kaye N
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Call me strange, but when I travel I often make a point of checking out large cemeteries in the cities I visit. Of course, Bonaventure Cemetery is of particular interest because it features prominently in 'Midnight In The Garden of Good And Evil'. It was in Bonaventure that the now iconic image that graces the cover of the book was taken.

However, the 'bird girl' sculpture is no longer located in Bonaventure. The statue has been removed by the family who own it, to protect it from damage and the threat of theft, and can now be seen at the Telfair Academy at Telfair Square.

Despite this, the combination of huge family vaults and hundreds of trees adorned with Spanish Moss, and many other beautiful ornaments and sculptures makes any visit to Bonaventure Cemetery a worthwhile side trip while in Savannah.

Thank Jim0048
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

This is a Cemetery and I have never nor will I ever again. like a cemetery, but this one deserves a visit.

Thank 4tealady
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

I was expecting there to be more above ground tombs but it's mainly just headstones. The oak trees are amazing though and it's a very pleasant drive through. We were only there for about 15 minutes in total. Make sure to have a look at little Grace in section E.

Thank Jigsy23
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