Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • JudyMetroNYCarea
    New York City, New York1,956 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit - Plan a tour so you don't miss the highlights
    A beautiful well maintained cemetery with lots of history. Very much worth the trip. I would highly recommend taking a tour to see the highlights. It's quite large and if you are not on a tour, you could miss some important monuments & graves. If you are looking for the statue on the cover of the book, Midnight in the Garden of good and evil, it's not there anymore. It was moved to a museum because of the amount of people visiting the site and damaging surrounding graves. Plan to spend a few hours walking around. Quite an amazing place.
    Visited August 2022
    Written July 4, 2023
  • LisaF
    Columbia, Missouri61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Haunting and beautiful
    This was on my list of things to see in Savannah but some in my group did not appreciate the significance of the cemetery. The statues and sculptures in the historic section are beyond beautiful. The artistry is breathtaking. The grounds are exceptionally well maintained and it's a serene walk through history. We arrived after lunch and I would recommend going in the morning to avoid the bugs and humidity.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Kelly D
    Hilliard, Ohio151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Spooky
    I used the Bonaventure Cemetery App ($4.99) and did the self-guided walking tour. The Cemetery is beautiful and spooky and historic and a must see if like me you are into cemeteries. I'm so glad I braved the 89 degree weather with 66% humidity and did this walk.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sculpture and gardens
    Recommended for those interested in history of area. We dropped in with just a vague notion of things to see. We drove through slowly, popping out when we wanted to see something or take a picture. Only those interested in the history of the area and art history were interested in seeing anything. Note: The Bird Girl has been moved to the Telfair Academy art museum. Some popular spots we found easily were: Noble Jones, Mercer plot, and Little Gracie. We spent some time just finding beautiful sculpture and trees to take pictures of, isn't hard here. Best parking may be at the back parking lot by the river. Would recommend stopping to get information at the welcome office or taking a fun tour through the cemetery if you want a little more information and are looking for specific locations.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Wayne W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must stop on your trip to Savannah
    What an amazing addition to your Savannah trip! Most people don't realize that the cemetery is free and open to the public. I would have paid for a tour had I not talked to some locals at one of the restaurants on River street. Unless you want to pay and get some history about the place. My wife and I just enjoyed the peace of walking around.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Carol Ann J
    Germantown, New York2,726 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and Beautiful Cemetery
    Bonaventure is a peaceful and beautiful cemetery on the grounds of a former plantation along the river. There are many magnificent live oak trees on the property as well. The grounds are nice and there is a variety of lovely monuments, statues, and headstones.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Tia B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bonaventure Tour was the highlight of our Savannah trip
    Our visit to Bonaventure was without question one of the highlights of our recent Savannah family gathering. The cemetery is beautiful in every way. There is such a feeling of calm as you wander the endless aisles of family gardens and plots. Beautiful southern scenery and amazing history everywhere you look. And the artisans who carved the sculptures and tombstones! We enjoyed every minute of it. Our tour guide Dawn was a delight. Thank you Bonaventure!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Linda V
    Savannah, Georgia35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    This is a beautiful cemetery. I highly recommend taking a formal tour to learn all the history of this place and about cemeteries in general. We did not take a tour this time as we live in Savannah and have done it several times before. We took out of town visitors there just to take a lovely walk. It's also a nice quiet place to escape all the noise of the city.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 17, 2023
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,328 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile seeing while in Savannah
    We took a walking tour here and enjoyed it. There is a lot to see and the setting is lovely. All the Spanish moss adds a bit of a creepy feel to the place. It is particularly lovely by the river. Because we did a tour, we had the benefit of a lot of history and got a good understanding of the different practices and traditions.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 18, 2023
  • owlbeonholiday
    Worcester, United Kingdom1,148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful historic cemetery.
    Spent a good hour+ wandering happily around this peaceful historic cemetery. There is a mix of different tomb styles, well maintained, plenty of greenery and roses. Free to park and enter. You can drive right into the cemetery which I found strange but drivers were very respectful. Tours available just outside the entrance.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2024
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RealWelshAle
Monroe, GA108 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Pretty large old cemetery with lots of interesting headstones / above ground tombs and not far from Skidaway State Park or Downtown Savannah. Lots of shaded areas and Spanish Moss in the trees. There is a fair sized free gravel car parking area near the the river end (oldest part) of the cemetery which holds maybe ~ 20 to 25 cars, which was nowhere near full when we visited midweek. We did not take a guided golf cart tour as it was a little late in the day ~ 2.30pm when we visited, and honestly I think $30 each for an hour long tour is a little pricey, but this is a tourist vacation spot after all. When we arrived we were not quite sure of which road to take to the Parking Area, so asked a tour company guide who was sitting at the entrance on a parked empty golf cart. This person was not that helpful with their response of "its a large Cemetery so which part do you want to visit". You can drive through most of the Cemetery on narrow roads but there is only one large Parking Lot, so not sure why they could not be a little helpful and take the time to explain this. On the way out I saw the Visitor Car Park direction sign that I think I missed as the Guide's Cart was sitting in front of it !! There is a Visitor Center just outside, but really this is just a Shop for the Tour Guide Company, with no free maps, etc. Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta is similar but less shaded.
Written June 3, 2024
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1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Chris did an amazing job walking us around. We learned so many interesting facts and were genuinely intrigued with all the stories. He was well informed and showed us a great time.
Written May 30, 2024
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Debbie C
Fenwick Island, DE1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
fun town, great restaurants & bars. walked all the squares, took a trolley tour, went to Tybee & Bonaventure also several visits to the waterfront. Spent a fun three days.
Written May 18, 2024
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Louise F
Amsterdam, The Netherlands409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We recently did a tour of Bonaventure Cemetery with Janine as our guide and would highly recommend it. Janine's knowledge was impressive, and she brought the cemetery's history to life with interesting stories. Over the course of two hours, we learned a lot and really got a feeling about Savannah beyond the walls of the cemetery. Time flew by, a testament to the engaging nature of the tour and Janine's storytelling skills. Overall, our experience at Bonaventure Cemetery was unforgettable, thanks to Janine's expertise and the rich history of the site.
Written May 12, 2024
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Carol S
Toano, VA20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
There are so many fascinating stories contained in Bonaventure Cemetery. Our tour guide touched on quite a few. I would definitely recommend a tour rather than wandering through on your own. It’s worth it!
Written May 4, 2024
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Vicky W
Orlando, FL39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We took advantage of the Bonaventure is Forever cemetery tour. But this review is mostly of the cemetery itself. TIP: drive all the way down to the river to the visitor parking area. Follow the paved road instead of the dirt road. Once parked it was very pretty to view the river. The cemetery has a vast history mostly related to people and history in the Savannah area. The statues and graves are quite beautiful and sad in the same way. We did learn a lot of interesting information.
Written April 29, 2024
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Erin R
Crystal Lake, IL91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was a very beautiful cemetery. No need for a tour, just walk the rows and take in the beauty. Imagine the history in these families.
Written April 26, 2024
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Kristine W
Mokena, IL9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The cemetery was beautiful. For some reason, my husband and I opted out of a tour. Big mistake. It would have been SO much more enjoyable had we known what we were looking at!
Written April 23, 2024
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exploration822408
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
this was one of the highlights of our trip to savannah. we did not have a rental car for our visit, so we took a tour with gray line tours. (this is not walkable from downtown area). Having a tour guide was a huge advantage as we would not have known so much about this place without one. we enjoyed the look of this place with its moss covered trees and statues .
this is well worth the time and money to see and explore.
Written April 16, 2024
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Livia Brannock
Louisville, KY55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is a MUST for a visit to Savannah! The beauty of the cemetery is truly unmatched. I would suggest picking up a map at the Bonaventure Historical Society before heading into the cemetery. It has some notable burial sites as well as a detailed map.
Written April 13, 2024
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