Even if it had not served as the most memorable setting in the 1994 novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, this ... More
Even if it had not served as the most memorable setting in the 1994 novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, this remarkable graveyard would still draw the curious. The moss-covered graves and monuments date back over two centuries, and mark the resting places of Confederate soldiers, generals, plantation owners and Savannah families of note. Don't come looking for the famous Bird Girl statue, however. This signature icon of Midnight Madness was relocated to the Telfair Museum when the heavy traffic of adoring fans began to disturb neighboring graves.
Shannon Scott knows his way around Bonaventure Cemetery. His knowledge about Savannah that goes above and beyond that of your run-of-the-mill tour guide and his first hand experiences with many of Bonaventure's inhabitants add color and mystery to his tours.
Every thing was great! Yes it's out of the way if your traveling in Savannah, but it is not somthing you should miss! You could spend hours here exsploring it. It's also free! When you get there you will get somthing that tells the storys of some of the tomestones. You can also you drive around it. I wanted to stay longer than we did, but it was 100 degrees so we walk around for about 30 minits. Everything is beautiful. It's also not crowed. Don't miss it!
Bonaventure Cemetery felt a little erie at first but, then seem peaceful. Make sure to have very good directions. River view was refreshing. Cemetery has beautiful statues and monuments for a picture perfect setting. I recommend this tour. Who knows what spirits might be hanging around.
I must admit that cemeteries are not my thing. I had someone recommend coming to this place. Well, after going I am hooked. This place reeked of old history. It was one of the most beautiful places I have even been to. Large amounts of money have been placed on top of the ground. These monuments are wonderful to look at. The entire place was just magnificent.
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! This is truly the best part of our trip to Savannah! It wasn't hard to find at all with our GPS. The oak trees with the Spanish Moss line the roads and it just takes you back in time. The statues & tombstones are absolutely beautiful! The inscriptions back then had a lot of thought put into them and are worth the time to read. Many plots are surrouned by beautiful iron fencework that has withstood hundreds of years. Make sure you have your camera! We can't wait to go back!
Many people don't consider cemeteries as worthy of their vacation time (Too few roller coasters, perhaps?) It's hard to say why but Bonaventure will move you. I though it beautiful and surreal; not at all spooky and it doesn't pander to the ghost tour/ghost hunter types. There is a tour that we missed. Even though "bird girl" has been removed to the Telfair museum to protect the surrounding graves, it woould be nice to have a reproduction of it and the headstone somewhere appropriate on the grounds.
We visit this cemetery everytime we come to Savannah. I am usually not into this type of thing but there is something about Bonaventure that I feel I could walk forever (boo). It is so pretty and peaceful. Just take the time to visit and read some of the old markers. The statues alone are worth visiting. Very pretty!
My friends and I made a trip to Savannah in May, 2008 mainly for the "Garden of..." tour and stayed 5 days in a townhouse a block from the Mercer house. It was great! We were trying to figure out how we could quit our jobs back in Missouri and stay. But in the end, we had to go home. We stayed almost half of one of our days in Bonaventure and I still don't think we saw everything there was to see. We were mainly looking for the Mercer grave, but not thinking to stop at the main gate and ask for a map, we just wandered around until we found it. We parked down by the river and walked back up. The cemetery was beautiful with the smell of jasmine and moss everywhere. I took at least 200 pictures and would have taken more, but my batteries ran out! I will be able to retire in 4 years and I'm seriously thinking about moving to Savannah as most of my family lives in North Georgia anyway. Anyway, Bonaventure is a must when you visit Savannah. I'll return as often as I can.
This is a wonderful place to visit to get a taste of "Old Savannah". It has great scenery and wonderful views. I definetely recommend going there, just be aware that they do infact still have funerals going on inside the cemetary on occasion. Make sure to bring your camera!
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