Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah

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#3 of 101 in Historic Sites in Georgia
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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  • August 14, 2017
    We enjoyed walking through the cemetery. It was neat to see how old some of the head stones are and the history is interesting  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Hauntingly beautiful filled with an amazing array of very life-like statues. Against the backdrop of savannah which is a creepy town full of dark history it's well well worth a visit if like me you li...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    After seeing Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil- we felt our trip to Savannah wouldn't be complete without driving out to the Bonaventure Cemetery on our way out of town. So much history- definit...  more »
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  • May 28, 2017
    Stunning cemetery! Loads of history and very impressive burial plots. I suggest going in the early morning or late afternoon due to the humidity. We recommend: sturdy, closed toe shoes (no sandals), bug spray, a cooler of water / snacks and either a hat or other type of sun shade.
  • July 4, 2017
    It's a scenic & Georginan historical cemetery. Full of picturesque moments, it can be harder to navigate even with a plain map. The vistor center didn't provide any details besides donation for a detailed brochure vs a paper one. Use the paper brochure for everything; it'll work just fine. We used our car to get around point to point then exit to see what we wanted. Enjoy the site!
  • May 21, 2017
    One of the most beautiful cemeteries in the country. Filled with Georgia history and a few famous folks. You can get a map to help you find them from the visitor's center.
  • July 4, 2017
    Beautiful and large historic cemetery. Lots of people marble work. Big enough to get lost in - believe us.
  • May 4, 2017
    Beautiful cemetery. Very historic. Lots of ghost stories about this place but most are made up. Great place to have lunch and get some exercise as well.

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