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What is so special about the Bonaventure Cemetery?

What is so special about the Bonaventure Cemetery?

Despite the rumored hauntings, Bonaventure is also one of the most picturesque cemeteries in the US. This eerily beautiful Southern Gothic cemetery has been around since the 1800s. It is filled with rows of weathered gravestones resting under 250-year-old live oaks draped with Spanish moss.

What famous people are buried at Bonaventure?

Military generals, poet Conrad Aiken, Academy Award-winning lyricist Johnny Mercer and Georgia’s first governor Edward Telfair are among those buried at Bonaventure. Another person who is buried in Bonaventure, who gets a lot of attention, is Little Gracie Watkins. Gracie died when she was only six years old.

What movie was filmed at Bonaventure?

3. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) Best movie locations: The Mercer Williams House, Forsyth Park, Bonaventure Cemetery. Clint Eastwood directed, and Kevin Spacey and John Cusack starred in this famous adaption of the book by John Berendt, which tells the account of a real-life event in Savannah.

Is Bonaventure Cemetery safe?

Bonaventure Cemetery in east Savannah remains a mecca for tourists intent on seeing the sites mentioned in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”. However, if you are planning to visit Bonaventure please beware that is is NOT a safe place.

Can you walk through Bonaventure Cemetery on your own?

You don’t need a ticket to enter Bonaventure Cemetery. It is free to enter and drive or walk around on your own. You only need to purchase a ticket in advance if you want to go on a guided tour.

Can anyone be buried in Bonaventure Cemetery?

Gravesite must be paid for in full prior to interment. No monument or marker permitted until grave is paid for in full….Schedule of Fees.

Adult grave $1,100.00
Infant grave $715.00
Cemetery requires the use of Concrete boxes or concrete vaults.
Burials Monday- Friday after 2pm an additional $270.00

Is Forrest Gump bench still there?

The bench that Hanks/Forrest sat on was actually a movie prop that has since been placed in the Savannah History Museum. But the location of the bench for the movie in Chippewa Square is still a popular spot for photographs.

What do pennies on a grave mean?

you visited
A coin left on a headstone lets the deceased soldier’s family know that somebody stopped by to pay their respect. A penny means you visited. A nickel means you and the deceased veteran trained at boot camp together. A dime means you and the deceased veteran served together in some capacity.