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“Where the history lies.”

Bonaventure Cemetery
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Hume, MO USA
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“Where the history lies.”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

A cemetery such as Bonaventure tells so many stories that there isn't enough time to cover them all. The history there ranges from Johnny Mercer, War Veterans, Jewish and Christian alike to the simple working person. This is where the history lies.

Visited April 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“A Peaceful walk through Savannah History”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

If you are a history buff, love art and nature then this visit is a must. Beautiful sculptured monuments set amongst huge oak trees the moss hangs everywhere, the trees, monuments and the gates. The cemetery was a plantation before the civil war. Their are many historical inhabitants including academy award wining song writer Johnny Mercer. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was filmed here but bird girl was removed due to vandalism. We went with Dash tours, our guide Don shared the life stories of the inhabitants with us. You can visit the cemetery on your own but may miss out on the historical information. Dash Tours picked us up at our Inn and returned us after the tour.

Visited April 2014
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“Away from the Historic Hustle and Bustle”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Along the river lies the 100 acre Bonaventure Cemetery where the azaleas are in full bloom and contrast with the moss covered oaks so common in Savannah. Most famous for the "Gracie" statue the winding lane is accessible by auto and offers a peaceful way to see the different statues, obelisks, flowers and plants. If you walk or bike through the lanes, many family histories are revealed as you read the various stones. The Holocaust Stone is worth a pause where the ashes of many murdered in WWII are interred. Hint: read the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil before you visit Savannah, it brings each area to life.

Visited April 2014
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“Well worth a visit!”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

I have a thing for old cemeteries. Almost all of my 400+ photos were taken there. I loved reading the old tombstones which in themselves were beautiful. I walked almost every path in it and was especially moved by the Holocaust Memorial. I didn't realize the cemetery was located on a river.....I sat on a bench overlooking it, wishing I knew more of the particular spot's story. There are many stories in that place. I hope I get to learn more of them sometime. It was special to see family plots of my daughter-in-law's relatives.

Visited April 2014
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Flossmoor, Illinois
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“Fantastic find if you love gardens of stone”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

I love cemeteries, and this is one of the most beautiful I have visited. Amazing stone craft and unusual features, surrounded by the gorgeous live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. A nice place for a quiet walk after the bustle of the historic district.

Visited April 2014
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