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Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys with Shannon Scott

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Bonaventure shouldn't just be toured, it should be storied! As Shannon Scott or his gifted protoge stroll you though a dreamy outdoor art, life & death museum with spectacular natural splendor, you'll be awestruck by not only the depth of stories, but hidden meanings of art and symbolism that adorns graves and how so much of it connects not just to Savannah but the greater world! There is no touring Savannah without Bonaventure and we are the story crew most dedicated to proving that well known local truth!
  • 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
What to Expect
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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Important Information
Departure Point
330 Bonaventure Rd, Thunderbolt, GA 31404, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Bonaventure Cemetery
  • Gratuities
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Signed Poster Art (Available For Purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Park wherever you see cars less The City of Savannah lot next to the caretaker house.
  • Wheelchair accessible, but there are uneven surfaces that may require a helper
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Jessica did a great job in nearly unbearable heat as we walked for a little less than 2 hours. The tour was well done..very interesting & Jessica knew her stuff!! Thanks for the little cardboard fans, too.. they helped. TIP: we were warned about the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Shannon is a wealth of knowledge and has lots of great inside info on not only the notable gravesite at Bonaventure, but things you otherwise would never know! You will want to hear these stories! Would do the tour again in a heartbeat!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MegOT2009
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Jessica was a really knowledgeable tour guide. Her description of the symbolism in particular was extremely clear and brought the emotions, impressions, and opinions of those that buried their dead in Bonaventure to life. She went above and beyond, even recommending a book on funerary...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting Savannah. The history and beautiful designs make this cemetery one of the most visited in the States. My tour guide was Richard who did a great job walking us through and painting a good picture of who...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Annevasian24
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went yesterday for the 10am tour with Jessica. We loved it! She was very informative! Would want to book again and do a private tour to perhaps see more of the cemetery with her. Before our tour officially ended, the skies opened up & we...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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SScottTours, Owner at Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys w/ Shannon Scott, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hah, thank you for not blaming us for the weather! True to our claim, we go Rain or Shine! Dedication! Bonaventure is practically Jessica's back yard! When she's not walking her dog there, she's there in her own spare time taking photos and doing research...More

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2 September 2019|
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Response from Robert_B45 | Reviewed this property |
I imagine the 8:00 am tour would be similar to his regular tours since he describes his specialized tours separately. I also believe that if his earliest tour has very few people, he would suggest you book the 10:00 am tour.
26 June 2019|
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Response from Robert_B45 | Reviewed this property |
I know he has day and evening tours. I recommend that you take the 10:00 am tour because it gets extremely hot as the day progresses. I hope this helps.
23 June 2019|
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Response from DePere | Reviewed this property |
Most of the tours are offered during the day (morning and afternoon), I believe they do offer an "After the gates are locked" tour in the evening. We did the morning tour and it was very good.
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