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While a stroll through a cemetery may sound a little morbid, recent travelers agreed that a visit to the more than 100-acre Bonaventure Cemetery is a must for lovers of the written word. Keep your eyes peeled for the tombstones of such celebrities as poet Conrad Aiken and lyricist Johnny Mercer. You should also make a point of looking for the grave of Danny Hansford (buried in the neighboring Greenwich Cemetery), whose murder inspired John Berendt's best-selling book, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
According to visitors, the hauntingly beautiful Bonaventure won't disappoint, but travelers said that bug spray, a water bottle and comfortable walking shoes are a must. You can tour the cemetery on your own, but recent visitors said you should also consider signing up for a guided tour to gain a better understanding of the cemetery's intriguing history.
You'll find Bonaventure Cemetery on the eastern edge of Savannah, about 3 miles from the historic district center. If you want to explore the grounds on your own, admission is free, or you can tag along on a guided tour. Free, hour-long tours are offered the second Saturday and Sunday of the month; tours are held at 2 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday. If you do decide to go it alone, you'll want to stop by the cemetery's visitor center first to purchase a $6 copy of its 3-D map of the cemetery. The pamphlet features a list of the prominent citizens buried here, plus a directory for finding famous graves. You can also purchase a smartphone app for $4.99 that mimics the tours provided by the Bonaventure Historical Society and listen on your phone. The cemetery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on tour dates and times, check out the Bonaventure Historical Society website.
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