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Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah

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Cemetery Tourist Spot
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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A city known for its bed and breakfast spots, Savannah has no shortage of accommodations for travelers. Whether you're backpacking through the South or looking for a luxurious getaway, this town boasts several hostels and unique inns with plenty of personality, as well as luxury hotels. If you've come to explore the city's history and architecture, stay in its famous historical center. For relaxing views, head to a bed and breakfast overlooking the riverbank or along Forsyth Park. Partiers and budget travelers can find more affordable accommodations throughout the city. Just remember to book well in advance if visiting for the massive St. Patty's Day celebration.
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  • Viewed the cemetery during the week and walked it for 3 hours and still only covered a faction of the entire place. The highlights were the statue of Alice the little girl, statue of from the movie of...  more »
  • over 100 acres beneath massive moss draped oaks. on a river and beautiful views. worth the effort to drive here.  more »
  • I took a tour of this place and loved it so much that i came back the next day to draw there. Study the map at the front gate before you walk in or just take a picture of it. Or you can simply drive i...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Beautiful and large historic cemetery. Lots of people marble work. Big enough to get lost in - believe us.
  • 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.