Best Attractions & Activities: For more than 150 years this beautifully haunting cemetery has captured the imagination of writers, poets, photographers and filmmakers. In 1771 John Mullryne and his son-in-law, Josiah Tattnall owned approximately 9,000 acres of land in Georgia, including 600 acres just three miles from Savannah on St. Augustine Creek. The site became the family plantation, which they named Bonaventure, Italian for "good fortune." A small family plot was established on the grounds, which was to form the nucleus of present-day Bonaventure Cemetery. Purchased as a private cemetery in 1846, it became public in 1907 and since then, the nearly 100 acres have become the final resting place of many of Savannah's prominent residents. Today, the beautiful area perched on a bluff overlooking the Wilmington River is dotted with striking monuments and elaborate burial vaults lined by ancient oak trees. In 2001 it was named to the National Registry of Historic Places. Tours of the cemetery are conducted on weekends.
Sightseeing, Free Things to Do, Historic Sites, Romantic Things to Do: This storied 150-year-old cemetery, perched on the bluff overlooking the Wilmington River, is at once beautiful and haunting. The final resting place for may famous Savannahians, among them lyricist Johnny Mercer and poet Conrad Aiken, the 160-acre cemetery features striking monuments, elaborate burial vaults and grand live oak trees. Visitors will enjoy exploring the gravesites, many of which date back to the mid-19th century, and taking in the breathtaking view of the nearby river. While visitors will have plenty to keep them occupied in the main section of the cemetery, those who want the full Bonaventure experience should also visit the cemetery's Greenwich section, which requires a drive or hike around neighboring Forest Lawn Cemetery. The journey is well worth it: among the treasures in the Greenwich section are a reflection pond that was used in several early 20th-century silent films and a scenic view of the river and marsh.