Shannon discussing an infant's grave plot by sculptor John Walz.

Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery with Shannon Scott

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Key Details
Duration
2 hours
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Live Guide
English
Wheelchair Accessible

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What You'll Do
  • Learn about Bonaventure with expertise of Shannon Scott or one of his incredible guides
  • Enjoy the lush scenery
  • Delight in various art, sculpture, and story intrigues from Bonaventure's best-known storyteller
Overview
Tour with Shannon Scott through the illustrious 200 acres of the 18th century plantation turned hallowed Victorian Gothic cemetery made famous in "Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil". Explore this haven of a cemetery packed with art and history.
What to Expect
Enjoy a 2-hour cultural and historical tour of Bonaventure, a more than 200-acre land which one can freely wander but better explore with an exceptional guide at the helm. On this tour with Shannon Scott or one of his incredible guides, you will come to see the important aspects of the cemetery and understand Bonaventure’s many layers, from the 18th century plantation era, the Victorian cemetery, to all of the art and traditions of the place.

You will stroll around the live oak avenues of the Cotton Boom yesteryear and hear about the people that made all of those buildings and squares in town so infamous and colorful. Some of the characters, such as "Crooner of 1500 Songs" Johnny Mercer and writer Conrad Aiken, are world renowned, while others you will come to love were famous only in their hometown Savannah. Other characters consist of photographers, painters, scientists, soldiers, industrialists, and duelists!

Bonaventure is characterized by great sculpture and here you will see the works of some of the greatest artists of their period. The cemetery is one visual playground of symbols pertaining to everything from the Masonic Lodge mentioned in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code to the Bible, Ancient Egypt, and everything symbolizing the religious, fraternal and eternal. From angels to cherubs to lifelike figures of the people buried there, you'll get to see them all!
What's Included
  • 2-hour guided tour
What's Not Included
  • Transportation
  • Gratuities
Meeting Point

If you are driving on your own to 330 Bonaventure Rd, Savannah, GA 31404, you'll find 3 entrances, side by side. Look for the "Jewish" entrance with the 2 pillars, each crowned by a Star of David sculpture. Enter through that entrance and park in the lot beyond round picnic tables. If that lot is full, park in outside in the blacktop parking lot. Tour starts at picnic tables. If you have paid for transportation, in most cases, we will pick you up at your Historic District hotel, but confirmation must be made by phone prior and no later than 24 hours before your tour time. Your pickup time will be given to you on the phone, but be in front of your hotel at least 30 minutes before tour time. If you are staying a longer distance from the Historic District, we can make arrangements for you and save you over other transport options. However, different rates will apply to hotels outside of the Historic District.

Know Before You Go
Tours are subject to availability by way of reservation levels and the career schedule of Shannon Scott. Tours do go most days, but there are understandable exceptions. We recommend calling a few days before your scheduled tour time to double confirm your tour reservation.

Shannon Scott Tours has a 24-Hour Cancellation Policy and tours go "rain or shine." Cancellation must be made by phone only and not left in a message. Cancellation isn't valid until Shannon Scott Tours has confirmed with purchaser directly. Unused tickets are "good until redeemed" by the purchaser and have no expiration date with Shannon Scott Tours. Unused tickets may also be gifted to friends or family in the instance where the original purchaser cannot make use of them.

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