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Bonaventure Cemetery

330 Bonaventure Rd, Savannah, GA 31404-3295
+1 912-651-6843
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Bonaventure Cemetery was developed on the historically-significant site of Bonaventure Plantation. The peaceful setting rests on a scenic bluff of the Wilmington River, east of Savannah. The site was purchased for a private cemetery in 1846 and became a public cemetery in 1907. Citizens and others can still purchase interment rights in Bonaventure. This charming site has been a world famous tourist destination for more than 150 years due to the old tree-lined roadways, the many notable persons interred, the unique cemetery sculpture and architecture, and the folklore associated with the site and the people. The entrance to the cemetery is located at 330 Bonaventure Road and is the largest of the municipal cemeteries containing nearly 100 acres. The cemetery is open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. . The main office of the Department of Cemeteries is located in the Bonaventure Administrative Building at the entrance.
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330 Bonaventure Rd, Savannah, GA 31404-3295
+1 912-651-6843
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went in the morning when the fog was still present. This cemetery is both beautiful and spooky. Many of the headstones even include the person's cause of death which was very interesting. When you see "yellow fever" you get perspective of how old some...More

Thank Sarah K
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went on the Shannon Scott guided tour and heap was wonderful: very knowledgeable and a great speaker. Found out lots of details about Savannah's history. Certainly learned a lot about Johnny Mercer and became misty eyed over Little Gracie. All in all it was...More

Thank Annette K
Reviewed 2 days ago

I can't say enough about how wonderful this tour was. Shannon was so informative and knowledgeable and interesting. It was very hot and he kept us mostly in the shade. This was the highlight of our stay in Savannah and I would recommend it to...More

Thank PollyP563
Reviewed 4 days ago

The location is on a river bluff and despite the heat there was a cool breeze. They give you a map so you can find your way around and you'll need it. This place is huge. Check out Gracie Watson's grave while you're there. Haunted...More

Thank baphokitty
Reviewed 4 days ago

"This cemetery was beautiful to walk around and photograph. If you are going in the summer, wear bug repellent. Also, watch for cars when walking as people can drive through the cemetery. The building out front is where you can get a map of the...More

Thank futureteacher2096
Reviewed 5 days ago

The graves of the small children remind you of how hard life was long ago, but Bonaventure itself is a lovely place to wander a bit. Also good for photographers. Worth a side trip for some quiet time.

Thank e24mpwr
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We took the 15-ish minute drive through traffic to go over to Bonaventure. Pretty and old but if you're short on time, this might be the stop that I'd skip.

Thank Julie C
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you're looking for the Savannah Bird Girl, as I was, you have to go to the museum in town. However, the cemetery was not a disappointment. The artwork and love put into most of the headstones and burial sites is worth seeing. We didn't...More

Thank Colleen P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Part of a tour we took (Savannah Heritage Tours with Angela). What an amazing place. Very serene and I only hope I can return to see the millions of azaleas in full bloom. If you are interested in funereal sculpture, you must see this place....More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you arrive, be sure to pop into the visitor center where you can collect a broucher for a small donation. It shows you where you will find the most famous graves including John Mercer.

Thank David D
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11 April 2017|
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Response from travelinfool49 | Reviewed this property |
This is a "long" stroll. "..plenty of benches" is a stretch, but there are a few and it can be driven through as well. Bring water and you will love it. It's very shaded. Enjoy
Haley S
4 March 2017|
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Response from Jeannine B | Reviewed this property |
There is a map available at the cemetery. It is also very well marked if you are looking for certain burial sites. I wouldn't use a tour guide. Take a stroll and absorb the great history. I would also try Amazon for... More
3 March 2017|
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Response from Sandy O | Reviewed this property |
As the others said, there is no charge to drive through. You can park outside and walk if you wish. We drove in, and where there were wider sections we got out and walked, came back, and moved the car to the next spot... More