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“What cemetaries look like in your nightmares!”

Bonaventure Cemetery
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Bonaventure Cemetery Tours
Ranked #4 of 217 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.
Cohutta, Georgia
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“What cemetaries look like in your nightmares!”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

This was a fascinating cemetery to wander through. It would have been even more fascinating if we had known who any of the historical figures were. Worth the drive out to the area.

Visited July 2013
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Sullivan, Indiana
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Very unusual to me. Lots of history. Got to see Gracie's site from behind the fence. So glad we went.

Visited July 2013
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Gainesville, florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“If you like old history or cemeteries you should visit here.”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

This very historic cemetery once had an old cotton plantation on the property at one time. There are a lot of legends and ghost stories about being able to hear the parties from times gone by among other things that can be researched. The cemetery once had the statue featured in the movie/ book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" on one of its burial plots but ad to have it removed due t o vandalism. With a little bit of super sluth on line detective work and comparing photos from when the statue was actually there, you an find the actual site where it once stood.

One hint, do not trust the plot numbers that you will see posted and do not leave with out saying hello to Grace......

Visited June 2013
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“Very Beautiful Cemetery”
Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Everyone should tour this cemetery. So much history and beauty. We drove around it due to it being so hot outside. People were walking but my parents are elderly so we decided to drive and stop when we wanted to. It's spooky in the daytime so I can imagine how it would be at night!

Visited July 2013
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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“Beautiful and charming world famous cemetery”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

One of my favorite places to visit (alive that is....lol) whenever I'm in Savannah. The old tree-lined roadways, the many notable and famous people buried there, the gorgeous stone and marbled cemetery sculptures and architecture, and all the local folklore associated with Bonaventure Cemetery makes this the best free attraction in the area. Be sure to bring your camera.

Visited September 2012
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