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Bonaventure Cemetery Tours
"Bonaventure Cemetery Tours - Stories EternalOscar Wilde called it ""Incomparable."" John Berendt gave it to the world in the pages of ""Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil."" Through 250 years few cemeteries have touched the hearts and minds of artists and people as has Bonaventure. Saying the name to a Savannahian is like speaking of their fondest friend. Let us guide you through her 100+ acres and reveal things that simply can't be understood or experienced by simply going there on your own. Like a great dinner party a part of Bonaventure's ritual is having a local make your acquaintance to all of the interesting characters but before introducing you
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Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys with Shannon Scott
"Wander through Bonaventure Cemetery one of Savannah’s most beloved landmarks to revel in its beauty and tranquility. Join your devoted and very knowledgeable guide Shannon Scott or his proteges Dawn Martin & Alyssa Terrell for an insider’s view into the intriguing past of the historic cemetery and its departed inhabitants.On this 2-2.5 hour tour hear stories dating back to the mid-18th century from the days of the Bonaventure Plantation tales of the cemetery’s opening in 1846 to the present day. Hear about famed figures that have made their mark on Savannah’s history such as:Lyricist Johnny Mercer Underground cool poet Conrad Aiken Maritime hero Josiah Tatt
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Bonaventure Cemetery Walking Tour with Transportation
"Choose when to enjoy the beauty and history of Bonaventure Cemetery at either 10am or 2pm. On the day of your tour take the air-conditioned shuttle from your hotel to the cemetery to begin. To ensure your comfort water bottles and bug spray are provided along with umbrellas in case of rain. Start your 2-hour walking tour immediately as you enter the cemetery with the extensively researched history from your professional guide. Learn the names on the gravestones along with the life stories represented by the small dash between the dates of birth and death. Listen to the legacies left behind as the names etched in stone come to life. After walking through the cemetery and marveling at this local treasure take the shuttle to your desired drop-off location."""
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Bonaventure Cemetary Tips (12)

More pics from this great Cemetary

More pics from my visit here ... even though we were only in town for 2 days we came here twice so that lets you know home much I enjoyed strolling around this peaceful gorgeous cemetery. Some find cemeteries sad or spooky .. I find them peaceful and like the status and landscaping.

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chattygirl7491
Nov 05, 2015

Bonaventure Cemetery

For some tourist Bonaventure Cemetery is A Garden of Good & Evil sort of thing for others and locals it is a beautifull place for a walk. Situated on a beautiful bluff overlooking a river Bonaventure Cemetery has some unusual headstones memorializing the deceased. One of my favorite is an organ for a music store owner. It is still being used for burials so if one is occurring when you are there please be respectful & stay away.

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brkilbourne
Nov 02, 2014

An Intriguing Cemetery: Bonaventure Cemetery

Our visit to Savannah had us taking the tour for the book, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". Part of the tour took us to the Bonaventure Cemetery. The book and movie include scenes at the most intriguing cemetery so we were exciting to see this infamous cemetery. Our guide on the Tour was a "cemetery buff" and even planned to write a book about cemeteries. He gave us an indepth tour and understanding of cemeteries, why and how tombstones were selected, and so much more. It was amazing and he really educated and entertained us on cemeteries. Made the tour and visit to Bonaventure Cemetery memorable!

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charlenemixa
Aug 10, 2014

A Perfect Mix of Man's Humanity and God's Glory

Bonaventure had been high on my list since taking a "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" tour years ago. This time I went alone with my camera. Being a spiritual person, this place just became almost surreal in its beauty and peacefulness and grandeur! So much love and detail has gone into what these precious people's families did for them through the centuries to honor their passing! The man- made artistry at each gravesite is breathtaking in itself. But the giant live oaks with those branches spread so wide and literally dripping Spanish moss; azaleas of every color... and dogwood and wisteria and camelias and on and on and on blooming themselves to all their glory; the blue, blue of the river that winds around it...all of it is so perfectly lovely and peaceful that you can easily feel the sacredness of your surroundings. The scripture "Be still and know that I am God" becomes very real in this beautiful place. Experience Savannah and its wonderful tours first, but don't leave without time spent at Bonaventure....preferably wandering and taking it in outside the limitations of a group tour.

ghmercer
Mar 29, 2011
 
 
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Exploring Bonaventure Cemetery

You could spend hours walking around this cemetery. There are many beautiful tombstones and statues, all with spanish moss in the background to add to their eerie, forgotten look. There is a building at the entrance to the cemetery where you can get a map, but I did not find the map helpful. Best to just walk around and keep your eyes open.

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Inna_S
Sep 27, 2009

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery is slightly more out of the way. And maybe it’s usually not necessary to put 2 different cemeteries on a page, but this case is an exception. The cemetery is noted for a couple reasons. Many very wealthy former residents of Savannah are buried at this one—so I guess it’s societies place to be for the afterlife. Also, if you have read “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” or seen the movie, then you are familiar with the statue of the girl known as the “bird girl” who was originally here. Don’t come here to see her, though—after the movie, she was moved to the museum. People were defacing that statue which I think is absolutely cruel and disrespectful on a number of levels. She was located at the Trosdal plot if you do want to see where she was.

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PA2AKgirl
Sep 19, 2006

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery was recently made famous by the book and movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Sometimes spelled "Bonadventure", this is a large, eerie cemetery at the bank of the river.

It is well worth a visit when you're in the Savannah area. The gravestones and monuments in this cemetery are often large, beautifully carved, and unique. I recommend taking a lot of film, because there are many plots with art that is worth photographing. The color in the cemetery tends to look almost monochromatic in the heat of the day.

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draguza
Dec 09, 2005

Bonaventure Cemetery

This cemetery is probably most famous because it used to be home to "the Bird Girl" statue that was featured on the cover to the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. For a while, the statue was removed because curious fans of the book / movie were damaging other statues / memorials in the cemetery in order to get a peek at it. I'm not sure if it has been put back or not yet.
The cemetery is worth a visit, anyway, though I am a big fan of cemeteries. If you are going to go, bring some paper and crayons to make rubbings of the gravemarkers. There's some really beautiful and interesting inscriptions.

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sarahjayn
May 28, 2005

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You will need to spend about 3-4 hours here in order to fully appreciate the history and the beauty behind this place.. You might want to bring a lunch or something to snack on because we were there for about 4 hours and would have stayed longer but we were horribly hungry and had to leave.

:-) We'll be back though.

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Azonie
Feb 06, 2005

More of Bonaventure

You will have to spend at least 3-4 hours here in order to get the full appreciation of this place..We spent half a day there and would have spent longer but we started to really get hungry so we HAD to leave. :-) We will be going back though.

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Azonie
Feb 06, 2005

Bonaventure Cemetery

Old Cemetery featured in movie 'Midnight in the Garden of evil'. features above ground crypts similiar to New Orleans

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Jim_Eliason
Jan 15, 2006

Bonaventure Cemetary!

Truly one of THE most spectacular Memorial parks EVER! A must see is Little Gracies memorial and Johhny Mercer's..One sad the other very unique.

Just a TON of history here!

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Azonie
Feb 05, 2005

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Getting to Bonaventure Cemetary

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330 Bonaventure Rd. Savannah, GA

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  • Sunday 08:00 to 17:00
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