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Bonaventure Cemetery

330 Bonaventure Rd, Savannah, Georgia 31404 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Wed 8a-5p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating
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“An iconic and gorgeous cemetery”

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. At a whopping 100 acres, Bonaventure Cemetery is one of the biggest in the state, if not the country. If walking sounds too daunting, don’t worry: you can drive around the winding pathways and lanes. According to pretty much everyone who visits, it’s eerily quiet and still, but breathtakingly beautiful. It's also Savannah's most haunted cemetery. The most common haunting associated with Bonaventure centers around the grave of Gracie Watson, a child whose ghost is often heard crying in the middle of the night. Even spookier? Her monument is said to cry tears of blood. As if creepy, crying statues weren't enough, the cemetery is allegedly haunted by a pack of ghostly dogs as well. Paranormal investigators have reported actually being chased from the cemetery by the spectral canines! Better wear your running shoes, just in case.

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Reviewed by
Sarah Parent

  • 87 Reviews
  • 50 Helpful
August 31, 2014
Rated 5.0

There are a few famous people buried here, but the real appeal is the beauty of the cemetery itself. Full of graceful old trees covered in Spanish moss, and many of the gravestones are works of art themselves. Just remember this is still a functioning cemetery and some of the visitors are there to grieve, so keep it respectful.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
amhroserda

  • 2 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
June 19, 2014

The cemetery is free and you can drive thru. We drove thru and occasionally pulled off to the side to take pictures. They do have very simple restrooms near the office at the entrance. The grounds close at 5pm. Very beautiful cemetery. I was able to take a picture of the Gracie statue.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
MarCoff

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
November 07, 2015
Rated 5.0

This is considered one of the ten most beautiful cemeteries in the world and it most certainly is. Taphophiles should allow at least an entire day to visit the cemetery. Maps are available at the office which will guide you to the famous graves.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
haileyleshea

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 30, 2017
Rated 5.0

Such a beautiful cemetery. I was on a road trip on a tight schedule so I didn't have much time to spend here, and cemetery photography is one of my hobbies, so if you love cemeteries like me, you could easily spend a half a day or more in this cemetery.

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Reed

  • 33 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
January 24, 2017
Rated 5.0

We took the Tour it was Very interesting. Take the tour with a tour guide. You can do either yourself or Guide. The guide will be more informational Should you have Questions. And you can take your time off and on during the tour and catch back up Again.

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Bonaventure Cemetery

330 Bonaventure Rd
Savannah, Georgia
31404 USA

Hours

Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
  • Private Parking
  • Yes Parking
  • Haunted
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