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. Bonaventure Cemetery is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Savannah Edition.
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  • We had a map and brochure and also bought the app. Nice quite drive, beautiful grounds but hire a tour guide for a better experience. Save your $5 for the app. Only 5 families are mentioned. Of the 22...  more »
  • No trip to Savannah would be complete with a traveler or a trip to Bonaventure. There is a self-guided tour with an available narrated app. Some beautiful, architectural memorials to those that came b...  more »
  • I find old cemeteries fascinating. This cemetery is like an outdoor art museum with interesting sculptures everywhere. We took a Heritage Tour and our guide was very interesting and knowledgeable.  more »
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  • Peaceful, scenic and historic place. Definitely worth taking a few hours to walk around. You can feel the spiritual energy as soon as you pull in...and we saw a 👻 in a tree! True story
  • Beautiful place to visit. A lot of the supernatural stories you hear in Downtown Savanna have ties here. Best to visit in the spring when the azaleas are in bloom. Can drive through but best to wear comfortable clothes and walk through.
  • A must see - tourist and local alike. Whether you’re visiting a family lot or just there for the scenery, Bonaventure offers a unique Savannah sight that you don’t get in the squares or parks. Heads up: the hours are firm, and no the Waving Girl from “Midnight...” isn’t there anymore (go to the Telfair museum to see her)
  • There is absolutely no way to see the entire place in a day. When you make plans to visit plan for the entire day, then plan on going back again for your next trip to Savannah. It is the most beautiful cemetery you will ever see and the history behind it is phonemonal to say the least.
  • Cemetery where you can drive around stop at some really interesting sculptures made. Really inquisitive to read the dates on the buried. Some dating back to early 1900. Interesting. Take a visit.

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