Part of the culture of sightseeing in Savannah is cemeteries, ghosts and fairies. Ghost tours are organized at night. So cemetery tours are a must in Savannah. Bonaventure Cemetery is the oldest cemetery and the one we visited, but there are other cemeteries around.
In fact, cemeteries like these play an important role in getting to know the city. You can see love, success, respect, kindness, actors, captains, generals, singers. Hundreds of years of Savannah’s history are buried under the Spanish Moss, the moss-like Spanish Moss on the oak trees. No matter what cemetery it is, you also feel that you are one click closer to death. As in every cemetery, it is definitely a trip that increases one’s awareness.
Bonaventure Cemetery, listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, is now a public cemetery. Visiting this place is more like a touristic park garden tour than a cemetery.
If you want to get more information than a typical visit to the cemetery, you can take a tour, or download the cemetery’s app on your mobile phone. This way you will not miss the locations of the graves of people like Gracie Watson, the most visited statue, and Johnny Mercer, the well-known songwriter, as well as unusual details such as which statue means what and who lies where.
Bonaventure Cemetery can be visited every day between 08:00 – 17:00. Entrance is also free of charge.
Bonaventure Cemetery is about 7.5km (15 minutes) from the historic city center. If you are coming by car, there is a parking area outside the cemetery, but if the gate is open, you can park your car inside the entrance of the cemetery.