Bonaventure Cemetery - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
330 Bonaventure Rd, Thunderbolt, GA 31404, USA
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About Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery was developed on the historically significant site of Bonaventure Plantation. The cemetery became famous when it was featured in the 1994 novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, and in the movie, directed by Clint Eastwood, based on the book. It is the largest of the city's municipal cemeteries, containing nearly 160 acres.
Attractions Near Bonaventure Cemetery
Old Fort Jackson was constructed in 1808 as part of President Thomas Jefferson's Second System coastal defense initiative and named after Revolutionary War patriot James Jackson. This brick fort was constructed over an old earthen battery from the Revolutionary War which had been called "Mud Fort." Soldiers were stationed at Fort James Jackson to guard Savannah during the War of 1812.
Troup Square is a hidden gem. Located in the historic district of Savanna and designed by local architect Charles B. Cluskey, it is a pocket park that is filled with lush green grass, shady trees, fountains and monuments - all of which are surrounded by beautiful Victorian-style homes. It is also home to the ‘Troup Columns’ monument that highlights three pillars representing the judicial system in Savannah's past: political power, strength and courage.
The Massie Heritage Center, offers patrons the chance to explore the interesting and unique history of this region. From storytelling sessions to educational activities, visitors can learn about how area residents lived over 100 years ago. The facility houses six period-style rooms representing local lifestyles from 1783 through 1828, showcasing military and political items as well as everyday items that were common during that time.
Calhoun Square, is a small town with a warm and inviting atmosphere. The town center was once home to a general store and post office, but now features charming cafes, pubs and boutiques. Community events are held throughout the year in Calhoun Square and the local population enjoy potluck dinners, art raffles and movie nights at the community park. With its quaint homes and friendly residents, Calhoun Square well deserves its status as one of the most picturesque towns in the state of Georgia.
Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home was the childhood home of American writer and poet Flannery O'Connor. The white-frame Victorian house was built by her father Edward in 1923, when she was just three years old. The 20-acre estate was a paradise for young Flannery as it had well-manicured gardens, a fish pond, and exotic birds that flew freely around the property. She often spent time playing football with her relatives in the vast open space in front of the house.
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is the iconic symbol of Savannah, Georgia. It is the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah.
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Discover More Attractions in Chatham County, Where Bonaventure Cemetery Is Located
Chatham County is the northernmost of Georgia's coastal counties on the Atlantic Ocean. It is bounded on the northeast by the Savannah River, and in the southwest bounded by the Ogeechee River.