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Meet your guide Shannon Scott (or one of his trained guides) at Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery for a walking tour of this historic property, which was established in 1846.

As you wander, learn about the Bonaventure Plantation and the famous residents of Savannah who are buried in the cemetery, including songwriter Johnny Mercer, poet Conrad Aiken, maritime hero Josiah Tattnall, and more. In addition, hear about the symbolism and burial traditions of the Victorian Age. Plus, fans of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil will recognize elements of the cemetery that are prominently featured in the book and movie.

The tour ends at Bonaventure Cemetery where it began.
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Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys w/ Shannon Scott
Overview
Learn about Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery on this guided tour with historian, author, and artist Shannon Scott or one of his assistants. The cemetery, which dates back to the mid-18th century, is the final resting place for many famous Savannah residents, and a tour provides a look at the southern city's history. Plus, find out about the symbolism and burial traditions of the Victorian Age and beyond.
Highlights
  • Explore Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery with a trained historian
  • Spot references from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • Hear stories about the famous people buried in the cemetery
  • Wear comfortable shoes as there's a moderate amount of walking
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Great Tour

Incredible morning with an extremely knowledgeable guide....and an excellent story-teller. His knowledge of history, art and the book was impressive.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
History with a flair

This tour, which lasts about two hours, winds through the history of the land and its inhabitants. Stories of long passed residents of the Savannah area come to life along the twisted live oaks heavy with Spanish moss. Hearing Gracie's story brought tears to my...More

Thank Marie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Superlative storytelling

This tour was not quite what I expected; It was much, much better! Shannon is an excellent story teller, and spent such a lot of time and effort (in the hot Georgia sun) to ensure that the group learned some of the most amazing facts...More

Thank Andy D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fascinatinfg storyewller

Shannon Scott is a terrific storyteller, weaving the history and culture of Savannah and environs into a compelling narrative of Bonaventure Cemetery. Shannon has a wealth of knowledge about the symbolism and stories of the grave sites. He held our group spell-bound for over two...More

Thank jcp9462018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Highly informative tour

Went there with a friend during our stay in Savannah. The tour was even better than expected and Shannon was a great storyteller - he really knows Bonaventure Cemetery and all about its history. If you are not a native from an English speaking country...More

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Mccaff21778
17 August 2018|
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Response from Lisa F | Reviewed this property |
I slotted 2 hours for the trip but it wasn’t quite enough. The tour length can extend if there are more questions from the group or a large group. 3 hours is a safer estimate.
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Erin A
8 July 2018|
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The tour guide was awesome and very entertaining. It depends on the age of your children. I don’t think you’d ever get the information without going with Shannon. He tells tons of information that is not on the gravestones... More
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11 April 2018|
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Response from Rhonda T | Reviewed this property |
Welcome to the South! Yes, you will need a vehicle. We rented an Uber which is really less expensive and much quicker than a taxi. We had our cars but didn’t want to have to drive because of traffic! Hope you enjoy... More
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