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 took a tour through the Bonaventure Cemetery and it was really nice. It is a very large property, so you'll need good walking shoes. There are some spectacular monuments and statues to admire. The ...  more »
  • Don't miss Bonaventure Cemetery. It is a beautiful location & full of history. I recommend a guided tour.  more »
  • Went to visit on our way to Tybee Island lighthouse. Foggy morning led to some enjoyable graveyard visiting.  more »
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  • This is such a beautiful place. I went with my brother to look for the statue that's featured on the front of the "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil", but sadly found out it has been removed. However, there are many beautiful and haunting statues throughout the cemetery.
  • This place is one of the must sees in Savannah especially if you are a history buff. This graveyard is tucked right near the water amongst winding paths and age old trees. The Spanish moss hanging adds a certain level of eeriness that sets this place up for great photos. The graves are so ornate and each one is more priceless than the next. The cemetery is organized very well and you can find your way around easily based on the clearly marked roads. I give four stars simply because the place really has a horrible mosquito problem. I think more people would be willing to visit and spend more time there if the city regularly sprayed for mosquitoes. Honestly it was miserable and hard to enjoy it his interesting place while getting eaten alive!!
  • 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!
  • Absolutely beautiful but very hot in the Summer! Visitor Center could be improved but overall worth checking out especially in Spring with all the blooms! The area by the water is especially beautiful.

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