Escaping to Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure sign

On our last day in Savannah, Georgia, we visited Bonaventure Cemetery.  The cemetery became famous after it was featured in the book and movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.  (The “Bird Girl” statue seen on the cover of Midnight is from Bonaventure Cemetery.  After the book and movie became popular, the statue had to be moved to a museum.)

In addition to its featured appearance in a well-known book, Bonaventure Cemetery is also known as the burial place of a few famous people.  Conrad Aiken, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, is buried here.  So is Johnny Mercer, the man who wrote such memorable songs as “ Jeepers, Creepers!”, “ Accentuate the Positive,” and “ Fools Rush In“.

It's very scenic, for a cemetery.

It’s very scenic, for a cemetery.

Bonaventure Cemetery felt so peaceful after spending days in the very touristy sections of Savannah.  I really enjoyed walking in the sunlight without having to look out for horse drawn carriages, trolley buses, pedicabs, or cars.  It was also free to visit the cemetery, which was refreshing after spending so much money on tours, accommodation, and restaurants in Savannah.  (Although, if you want to spend some cash and learn more about Bonaventure, some tourist companies offer day and night ghost tours at the cemetery.)

True dat.

True dat.

Hopefully this doesn’t sound creepy, but it was also a great place to look for baby names and to admire the elaborate headstones that many families had erected in memory of a loved one.  Bonaventure was actually the most beautiful cemetery I’ve ever visited (and oddly enough, I’ve visited several for tourism purposes.)  If you visit Savannah and need a quiet escape from the city, I highly recommend you stop by Bonaventure.

Is it weird that if I am buried, I want my headstone to look like this?

Is it weird that if I am buried, I want my headstone to look like this?

A beautiful statue in the cemetery.

A beautiful statue in the cemetery.

A family of headstones.

A family of headstones.

Have you ever taken a tour of a cemetery or visited one just for fun?

 

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One Response to “Escaping to Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery”

  1. Janet Goode says:

    Emily, so happy you posted this story. I loved Savannah and hope to revisit. I certainly would love to visit the Bonaventure Cemetery next time. The architecture in Savannah is exquisite!

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