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Bonaventure Cemetery
Made famous by the novel and film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Bonaventure Cemetery (a former plantation) sits on a bluff overlooking the Wilmington River in historic Savannah. The Southern Gothic cemetery comprises 160 acres (65 hectares) of sculptures, mausoleums, marble headstones, and oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.
 
The Basics
Bonaventure Cemetery is the largest municipal cemetery in Savannah and one of the most beautiful in the world. No trip to the “Hostess City of the South” would be complete without a stroll through this eerily beautiful place. The Bonaventure Historical Society offers free guided tours one weekend per month, but visitors are also free to explore on their own. Among those interred in the cemetery are American songwriter Johnny Mercer, poet Conrad Aiken, and Georgia’s first governor John Treutlen.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Bonaventure Cemetery is a must-visit for all first-time visitors to Savannah.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen during the summer months and insect repellent throughout the year.
  • The cemetery is wheelchair accessible, though some areas are gravelly and sandy.
 
How to Get There
The cemetery is located 5 miles (8 kilometers) outside Savannah’s historic city center on the eastern edge of the city. The easiest way to get there is to drive (15 to 20 minutes) or hire a taxi. Parking areas are located on both sides of the entry gate.
 
When to Get There
The cemetery is open daily throughout the year. While the grounds are stunning throughout the year, they’re at their most beautiful in springtime when the azaleas and camellias are in bloom.
 
Bonaventure Cemetery Tour App
If you can’t visit during the weekend when guided tours are offered, consider downloading the app from the Bonaventure Historical Society. This mobile guide to the cemetery grounds recreates the tour experience on your mobile device, complete with information at 31 stops throughout the grounds.
Address: 330 Bonaventure Rd, Savannah, GA 31404, USA
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Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery TourCultural Tours

Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery Tour

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Experience the haunting beauty and historic folklore of stunning Savannah on this Bonaventure Cemetery tour. Follow your expert guide just beyond the limits of the historic district and join a master storyteller as you wander through the tombstones and gardens of this top attraction. Learn why Bonaventure Cemetery is considered by locals to be the place where death and beauty meet. 
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Bonaventure Cemetery Walking Tour with Transportation or Downtown Walking TourLuxury Tours

Bonaventure Cemetery Walking Tour with Transportation or Downtown Walking Tour

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The only full walking tour of Bonaventure Cemetery with transportation and most historically accurate Bonaventure Tour, bar none! Most of the other tours start at the gate and regurgitate a script that was written to beguile visitors out of their money with embellished tales and fabricated stories. With me, you get a 6th generation Savannahian and academically trained historian with 30 plus years in the Savannah hospitality business who really knows the history and who loves telling the stories.
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Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery TourCultural Tours

Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery Tour

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Our Guided Tours of Bonaventure Cemetery walk you through the beautiful park like setting of the Victorian Cemetery. You will quickly appreciate the history and the cemetery's residents who create the one of a kind Bonaventure.
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Fort Jackson and Bonaventure Tour

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Explore historic Georgia without the hassle of navigating on your own on a half–day tour to two major landmarks that visitors to Savannah often miss: Fort Jackson, the oldest brick fort in the state, and Bonaventure, a cemetery set on a bluff overlooking the Wilmington River. Unlike most inflexible day tours, guests enjoy a midday break to relax and have lunch (own expense) before continuing on to the final stop.
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Private Tour of Savannah's Historic District, Isle of Hope & BonaventureHalf-day Tours

Private Tour of Savannah's Historic District, Isle of Hope & Bonaventure

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Experience Savannah like a local with your own Private Guide From beautiful homes to stunning churches to historic sites, let us do the driving and show you the best Savannah has to offer - both inside and outside the Historic District!
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Private Day-Time Tour of Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery

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Get personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace on a private tour of Bonaventure Cemetery. Public tours only cover a fraction of the cemetery, but booking a private tour means you can visit some of the off-the-beaten-path destinations that aren't accessible to large groups. Hear commentary tailored to your interests and enjoy the chance to ask questions.
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Savannah VIP Tour: Private Full-Day Tour

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Experience Savannah like a local with your own Private Guide Combine our Savannah Style tours into an all-day VIP experience and let us show you the best Savannah has to offer - both inside and outside the Historic District! VIP tours include a stop for lunch *cost of lunch not included
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Savannah Bonaventure Cemetery JourneyNature & Wildlife

Savannah Bonaventure Cemetery Journey

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Explore Savannah’s famous Bonaventure Cemetery on this guided tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then discover the cemetery’s scenery and stories with tour guide, storyteller, historian, author and artist Shannon Scott or his talented assistants. See where death and beauty meet and learn about the symbolism, art, architecture and burial traditions of the Victorian Age and other periods. Hear about famous lyricist Johnny Mercer, underground poet Conrad Aiken, maritime hero Josiah Tattnall and many more who call this special spot their final resting place.
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