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Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah

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If the stones of Bonaventure Cemetery could talk, they would narrate some of Savannah's most dramatic stories. Located on a scenic bluff overlooking the Wilmington River, the cemetery shot to fame in 1994 when it became a setting for a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. A quiet place of oaks, lawn sculptures, and dripping Spanish moss, the cemetery attracts visitors with its eerie feel, which inspired writer John Berendt to call it "the garden of good and evil." As you stroll through the cemetery, look for the graves of poet Conrad Aiken, actress Edythe Chapman, and songwriter Johnny Mercer. Arrange to visit Bonaventure Cemetery and other attractions in Savannah using our Savannah tour planner.
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  • We visited in March when the azaleas were in full bloom. It was breathtakingly beautiful. We had booked a Segway tour of the cemetery. The guide Curtis was exceptionally knowledgeable. We learned abou...  more »
  • Its a beautiful cemetery and we went because of the movie but never found the iconic statue of the girl and there was no one to ask. Honestly its so far off the beaten track that I would say if you ar...  more »
  • It is worth walking through. Most of the gravestones are so old you cannot read them, but there are several that you can.  more »
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  • Stranger's Tomb. It was built in honor of Savannah's greatest hosts and party givers, William Gaston, and he died in the 19th century. This Tomb is a memorial to his hospitality. It has an empty vault in it that's reserved for out-of-towners who die while visiting Savannah. It gives them a chance to rest awhile in one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, until their families can make arrangements to take them away.
  • Beautiful! It's so big it takes most of the day to explore the whole cemetery. The best time to go is around the afternoon when the sun isn't blazing down your back. A lot of people take the tour in there cars, but I say it's not fun if you can't walk around among the surrounding structures.
  • Beautiful! Do not, I repeat, DO NOT forget BUG SPRAY! I went early to avoid the heat, ha ha, but didn't even think of mosquitoes or gnats. Left after a quick loop and detour and missed seeing so much. PS - my visit was early July '16
  • The Bonaventure was really neat to visit. It was a sweltering hot day and that detracted a bit from the visit, but there was a great deal of shade to be found. There were so many interesting gravesites to visit and history to absorb. Near the back of the cemetery, there are some nice views of the river.
  • Absolutely beautiful place. The Spanish moss made it look creepy cool. I'll be back this weekend. Only down fall is that they close to early. I'd love to tour this place at night