Last post, we started our Top Ten Savannah Attractions list. Here we continue with number five.
5. Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery was developed on the historically-significant site of Bonaventure Plantation. The cemetery looks out on the Wilmington River from a bluff east of Savannah, about four miles from our vacation houses in the Historic District. The site was purchased for a private cemetery in 1846 and became a public cemetery in 1907. The cemetery is a world famous tourist destination, 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 open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
6. Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park is a perfect place to stroll, jog, or take photographs, within the heart of the Savannah Historic District. This 30-acre park is bordered on the north by Gaston Street, on the south by Park Avenue and has a one-mile perimeter popular with runners. The park’s north end is home to a cast iron fountain that was erected in 1858. The Forsyth Park Fountain was designed to resemble the grand fountain in Paris at the Place de la Concorde. The park is also adorned by monuments to the Confederate Soldier, the Marine Corps Monument, the Spanish-American Monument and the Fragrant Garden for the Blind.
7. Olde Pink House
The food is incredibly good – try the crab cakes and scallops. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with a rich history. Stop at the bar before your meal for a martini and make sure to ask your server or bartender for some history on this special Savannah residence. The property dates back to the 18th century and the dining room is split into smaller alcoves, making it feel more private and also cutting down on the noise level. The staff is very attentive and well-informed. Plus, the Olde Pink House is less than a mile from our rental houses.
We have three more attractions on our top ten list! Check the blog later this month to see what rounds out our top ten!
Some say a visit to Savannah is incomplete without a visit to Bonaventure Cemetery. Located on a scenic bluff overlooking the Wilmington River, the cemetery is a 10 minutes drive from our rental properties in the historic district of Savannah. The cemetery gained national recognition when it was featured in John Berendt’s novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and in the movie by the same name, directed by Clint Eastwood in 1997.
There are a variety of businesses that lead tours of the cemetery. Spend a couple hours in Bonaventure – some of the tours take place a dusk or after dark. You’ll hear stories from present day all the way back to Bonaventure’s plantation beginnings in 1754. Some of the stories are funny, some macabre and others downright morbid! The tours usually cover everything from Savannah’s role in The DaVinci Code, to a hooch runner for Al Capone, to the story of a woman drowned and her innocent husband charged and put to death for the crime. This event is perfect for friends, groups or anyone looking to do something different in Savannah!
Guides offering Tours through Bonaventure Cemetery:
Visit the beautiful and sometimes spooky Bonaventure Cemetery
Shannon Scott Journeys: Consider paying to be illuminated and entertained by Savannah’s veteran story teller, Shannon Scott! Day and night tours available. 912.604.4423. Tickets are $30.
Sixth Sense Savannah Ghost Tours: Like a great Southern dinner party, part of the Bonaventure ritual is having a local make your acquaintance to all the interesting characters. Tours at 2 p.m. each day. 912.292.0960. Tickets are $15-$25.
Tour Bonaventure: Tours begin with a pickup at the MLK Visitor Information Center at 301 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Tours leave at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. 912.665.4258. Tickets are $30.
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Visit Bonaventure Cemetery while staying at our Savannah Vacation Rentals.
Spanish moss drapes from the massive old Live Oaks in Bonaventure Cemetery, casting shadows on the funerary statues and tombs. It is truly a hauntingly beautiful place; people who visit Bonaventure Cemetery don’t soon forget it. If you’re planning a trip to one of our Savannah Vacation Rentals any time soon, consider adding Bonaventure Cemetery to the itinerary.
Bonaventure sits on a bluff overlooking the Wilmington River, as it has since it’s creation in 1868. It is a vast and lush place. A few famous people are buried here: such as singer and songwriter Johnny Mercer, author Conrad Aiken, and Governor Edward Telfair. But it is the landscape and the statuary that are most captivating.
The cemetery is large enough to merit a car, but you’ll want to get out and walk among the tombs frequently. Tours are available through several companies in town: Savannah Tours, Bonaventure Cemetery Tours, and Tour Bonaventure. Without a tour, it’s easy to wander through Bonaventure for hours.
Bonaventure Cemetery is worth a look, no matter what brings you to our Savannah Vacation Rentals.