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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  • Pat S
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best of Savannah
    Toured in an open air cruiser with 6 seats and a wonderful guide (history and English major!) on a Sunday in late March. The best part of a great 3-day weekend!! I asked the valet at the Marshall House what her favorite thing to do was in Savannah and she recommended this before I could finish my sentence!! The combination of the history lesson, the moss laden trees, and the outdoor "art park" aspect made this a most memorable experience. Great for all ages.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 29 March 2023
  • Chris R
    Victoria, Canada8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Lovely. Pretty, solemn, extravagant. A beautiful place for a walk and thoughts and connection - even my kids loved it. Didn’t super love that a tour guide was telling people to “get on up there and pose with Jesus, he’s been there forever, he don’t care” (on a grave). We almost left Savannah without doing this; so glad we went.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 April 2023
  • Baker
    Blakely, Georgia251 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    While we did not participate in a guided tour, it was absolutely breathtaking to walk around and just absorb all there is to see here. There is just something so grounding about the history this cemetery holds. The cemetery is very well kept and the few people we passed were friendly. Seems strange to say, but this cemetery is beautiful.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2023
  • Tiffanyjim
    Marion, Iowa1,125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of history here
    We did not take a tour here, we just decided to walk at our leisure around the grounds of Bonaventure. Well kept cemetery with grounds people out mowing etc. it’s a quiet place to enjoy a day and look at some of the very old ornate headstones. Don’t miss this site in Savannah!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Elizabeth L
    Lompoc, California45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Savannah history lesson
    Took a tour to this and Wormsloe Plantation. This is the biggest cemetery in town ,filled with famous people. Tour guide gave lots of interesting info. The cemetery itself could use a clean up.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
  • John L
    Fairfield, Connecticut443 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss
    Visiting a cemetery may sound like a morbid way to spend an hour but Bonaventure is worth the time. Having been to a lot of graveyards (spouse is heavily into ancestry), Bonaventure is near the top for its beauty and distinctiveness. It's a short drive from other Savannah tourist highlights so allow some extra time. The docents onsite are very helpful so stop at the visitor house near the entrance.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Red-Barchetta2011
    Suffield, Connecticut753 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Savannah
    We did visit in morning and was really nice day. We did not do a tour and while there may be good information o a tour you can go to there website and they have a map and you can download their app. Nice thing is you can stroll as long as you like and it is free to get in. There is tons of history. This is one of those places that it is hard to describe and really should visit to get to fully appreciate the place. Highly recommend and i think a must do when visiting in Savannah.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 1 May 2023
  • Claire P
    Toronto, Canada324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    great tour and Rusty rocks!
    Just took this tour with Rusty as our guide and we loved it. So beautiful, so interesting, and Rusty just made everything he talked about worth listening to. He is clearly passionate about history, and this cemetery, and is so knowledgable. We are so glad he was our guide and we highly recommend this tour.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 20 May 2023
  • Brenda P
    West Memphis, Arkansas152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amandaforever34 memories
    This was one place I wanted to visit. We stopped here on our way out of town but next time I would like to go on a tour to learn more about the different grave sites in the cemetery. This is a huge and beautiful cemetery that I would like to know more about. Next time I come to Savannah, I will definitely be going on a tour for more information on the cemetery. Thank you.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2023
  • Jeana P
    767 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cemetery; tour was just ok
    Booked a tour with Savannah Cruzers on a golf cart because it was pet friendly and well rated. The cemetery is beautiful and if I could do it again, I would just do a self guided tour walking around. The guides with this organization are registered with the historical society and knowledgeable but the corny jokes aren’t helpful and are delivered like they have been said a million times. Definitely visit this cemetery - we wanted to return on our own but ran out of time.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2023
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lithlith
Michigan885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Bonaventure Cemetery is worth your time while in Savannah. You could just do a drive through and admire the beauty or you could stop along the way and then wander about. There is some signage within the cemetery if you've looking to find the so called highlights. If you're into photography, you'll get some great photos while here.
Written 21 February 2024
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BeckyK
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
As a cemetery lover, this one is a can't miss! This cemetery is a prime example of why I fell in love with cemeteries. It is stunningly beautiful. From the gorgeous stonework, to the well-placed rose bushes and trees with the Spanish moss, it is breathtaking. It is easily walkable (and probably also mostly wheelchair accessible) - mostly flat and not huge. You can also drive around and stop at the places where you want to get out and take a closer look.
Written 21 February 2024
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TL14
Washington, MO194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
This was our first stop in Savannah and a lovely way to get a sense of the history of this marvelous river town . It was once the richest city in the south.
Written 9 February 2024
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Kimberly A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Our tour guide Chris was wonderful! He was very knowledgeable about the history of the cemetery and had a good sense of humor. The weather was beautiful this time of year; needed a light coat. Very beautiful place!
Written 15 January 2024
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owlbeonholiday
Worcester, UK865 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 3 January 2024
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 18 December 2023
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Ms S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Went on a guided tour with friends, and our guy was great! Learned so much, and he was kind of funny too!
Written 20 October 2023
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Linda V
Savannah, GA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
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.
Written 17 October 2023
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Tia B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
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!
Written 17 October 2023
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Lita L
100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The final resting place where one is shaded by lush oak trees cloaked in Spanish moss and fern. We strolled along the a path lined with markers on both sides, imagining how gorgeous it would be in springtime. That means a return visit to Savannah in the spring when the azaleas and trees are abloom!
Written 14 October 2023
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