Bonaventure Cemetery


Bonaventure Cemetery was arguably made famous to the world with Midnight in the Garden of Evil. Today, the Bonaventure Historical Society ensures that this Victorian treasure retains its natural beauty and keeps its peaceful tranquility for guests and permanent residents alike. The Spanish moss-soaked trees that line the path give a haunting effect that is quintessentially Savannah.

How to get to Bonaventure Cemetery
Many tour companies operate shuttles and buses back and forth from Bonaventure to the historic district of Savannah. If traveling by private vehicle from downtown Savannah, take Liberty Street east and follow this road until it changes to Wheaton Street. Travel under the Truman Parkway overpass and stay right to enter Skidaway Road. Make a left onto 36th Street and stay straight until you reach the entrance gate.

Best and worst time to go to Bonaventure Cemetery
The weekends see the most crowds. If at all possible, try an early morning visit in the middle of the week.

Admission to Bonaventure Cemetery
There is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted.

Must see/do at Bonaventure Cemetery
The Historical Society offers free tours that begin at 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. on every second Sunday each month.

Other places to visit near Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure is just a few miles away from all the historic downtown Savannah attractions, and about 20 minutes away from Tybee Island. Nature lovers will enjoy Skidaway Island State Park, which is also about 20 minutes away.

Insider tip for visitors to Bonaventure Cemetery
There are several tour companies in town who book after-hours tours inside Bonaventure Cemetery. If you venture down River Street, you will find plenty of advertisements for your pick of tour guides.

Author's bio: Jamie Davis is a freelance writer and top-selling author with Llewellyn Worldwide. She lives on Wilmington Island, an area of Savannah, Georgia. She loves all things coastal Georgia and if pressed to describe herself in one word, she would choose "traveler." She can be found at jamiedaviswrites.com.