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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  • It a huge graveyard filled with lots of history. If you are into graveyards this is the place for you. You will need to look up info on your own or get a tour to be able to get information on the grav...  more »
  • Finally on this trip to Savannah we made it to the cemetery. It was a very cool experience. To see the age and elaborate graves was amazing. Definitely worth taking a couple hours in a day and walk ar...  more »
  • In a recent 3 day vacation to Savannah I had 2 opportunities to visit the cemetery. I love the history lesson and peaceful surroundings here. Everyone is a bit more reverent in a place like this. I ma...  more »
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  • Wow. This place is beautiful. There are great statues and monuments throughout. Many flowers are in bloom and the Spanish moss hanging in the trees throughout makes it even more beautiful to meander through. We took the recommended historic route to the river and back and stopped at many place to take in the beauty. One thing - they ask for a donation for the historical society which I am cool with, but all I had was a $20 and asked for change. The woman told me to make change out of a donation jar and the man there looked at me like I was a burglar even though I was depositing $20. So, maybe take a $5 or $10 if you plan on donating! Lol.
  • I waited for many years to visit Savannah. I came all the way from Virginia to discover that my favorite part of this town is Bonaventure Cemetery! There are so many things to see there. Azaleas in many colors blooming all around. Truly a magical place! The Spanish moss in the trees, the beautiful statues and angels create a special ambiance...
  • Really cool just to walk through a gorgeous and historic graveyard. It was super large! I highly recommend not using the restrooms there though. They were so disgusting!
  • Albeit is extremely hot out when we came, it is one of the most surreal experiences I have ever had the pleasure to visit. The cemetery is peacefully beautiful — the dead are respected and their spirits kept alive; caught in the Spanish Moss and the weatherings of the intricate stones set above them. This place is a living breathing ground, full of so many stories to tell. The grounds are very well maintained all while being a little overgrown in all the right places — like walking into a secret garden or some forbidden sacred place. It’s wonderous and invigorating rich with history, culture, and emotions one can never eloquently put... and for that it deserves 6 stars.
  • Pretty. Sandy path around the perimeter and throughout the graves that is good for a stroll and looking upon the memorials. Not much different than any other cemetery, other than that Spanish moss hanging from all the trees, which is lovely to someone who is not from the south.
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