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“Beautiful, unique cemetery”

Bonaventure Cemetery
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Bonaventure Cemetery Tours
Ranked #4 of 210 things to do in Savannah
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Fee: No
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.
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“Beautiful, unique cemetery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

We decided to stop by the main office to get some information. They offer a general map of the cemetery for free or to gain a better understanding of the cemetery they have a brochure that is worth the $1 donation. Since the cemetery is large, drive your car & park when you find a section you would like to walk around. The cemetery is very unique with the sectioned off family plots & seeing how many family members are buried in the plot. It is fun to read the stones & think about the lives these people had; like the men who had multiple wives due to death or the number of child graves. The trees & Spanish moss add to the beauty of the gravestones. Our favorite sections of the cemetery were the Chevra Kadisha, Section H, Section G, and Section F.

Visited November 2013
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“Cemetery Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

Tour guides are there and very informative. Ended up driving around because it is huge. Get a map if you are looking for something in particular.

Visited November 2013
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Lake Forest, California
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“I wish we had more time....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

But we waited until after we were married to do some portraits there and didn't have nearly the time we had hoped to squeeze in to properly take in this historic site, and pay our respects. Is lovely! Make sure you plan plenty of time to explore. You never know what you will find around the next stone or tree...

Visited October 2013
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Columbia, South Carolina
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“Beautiful Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

This is a beautiful cemetery - both because of the natural beauty of the moss covered oaks and marsh.... as well as the beautiful tombstones and grave markers.

Visited September 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Not your typical old cemetary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

The experience of Bonaventure is well beyond the stonework. It is a place of peace, reflection and connecting living with dead.

I would love to have a dinner party here it is so beautiful.

Do not try to understand the space without the help of a tour guide. We took one of Shannon Scott's tours for our first visit and it was very helpful in understanding the art of the stonework and the history and politics of the place.

Go back alone, walk, speak to Gracie. Reflect on the good and the bad here. Experience the shadows at dusk.

Visited October 2013
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