Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia

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Mar 4 ~ Mar 10
Bonaventure Cemetery is one of the best historical sites to visit while in Savannah, GA. Situated on a charming bluff of Wilmington River, Bonaventure Cemetery stands as a popular tourist destination for over 150 years where many famous people were laid to rest. Not only is this site a cemetery, but it's also a historical oasis, sanctuary, and botanical garden that stretches back centuries.

Bonaventure Cemetery Visitors Guide

This beautiful location was originally called the Evergreen Cemetery and was situated on the Bonaventure Plantation which belonged to Colonel John Mullryne. It became a private cemetery in 1846 and later turned into a public one in 1907. Over time, the cemetery gained more attention after being featured in the 1994 novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and its subsequent film adaptation directed by Clint Eastwood.

Visiting Bonaventure Cemetery is a must-do. This cemetery is a place where nature, history, and art intersect in a profound way. It now spans nearly 100 acres and is the final resting place for many notable figures such as lyricist Johnny Mercer and poet Conrad Aiken. Explore the grounds where you’ll find a wide range of elaborate tombstones settled among the moss-draped live oaks. Whether you're a history buff or just want to learn about the stories the cemeteries hold, a visit to Bonaventure Cemetery offers a tranquil haven into an enchanting era of Savannah's past.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What makes Bonaventure Cemetery so famous?

The cemetery is touted as one of the most picturesque cemeteries in the entire country.

2. What movie was filmed at Bonaventure Cemetery?

The movie was “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

3. Can you visit Bonaventure Cemetery without a tour?

Bonaventure Cemetery is free to enter and explore on your own. You also do not need tickets to enter.

4. What is the most famous statue at Bonaventure Cemetery?

The most famous statue is known as “the Bird Girl.”

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