Bonaventure Cemetery Tours

Bonaventure Cemetery
Made famous by the novel and film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Bonaventure Cemetery (a former plantation) sits on a bluff overlooking the Wilmington River in historic Savannah. The Southern Gothic cemetery comprises 160 acres (65 hectares) of sculptures, mausoleums, marble headstones, and oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.
 
The Basics
Bonaventure Cemetery is the largest municipal cemetery in Savannah and one of the most beautiful in the world. No trip to the “Hostess City of the South” would be complete without a stroll through this eerily beautiful place. The Bonaventure Historical Society offers free guided tours one weekend per month, but visitors are also free to explore on their own. Among those interred in the cemetery are American songwriter Johnny Mercer, poet Conrad Aiken, and Georgia’s first governor John Treutlen.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Bonaventure Cemetery is a must-visit for all first-time visitors to Savannah.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen during the summer months and insect repellent throughout the year.
  • The cemetery is wheelchair accessible, though some areas are gravelly and sandy.
 
How to Get There
The cemetery is located 5 miles (8 kilometers) outside Savannah’s historic city center on the eastern edge of the city. The easiest way to get there is to drive (15 to 20 minutes) or hire a taxi. Parking areas are located on both sides of the entry gate.
 
When to Get There
The cemetery is open daily throughout the year. While the grounds are stunning throughout the year, they’re at their most beautiful in springtime when the azaleas and camellias are in bloom.
 
Bonaventure Cemetery Tour App
If you can’t visit during the weekend when guided tours are offered, consider downloading the app from the Bonaventure Historical Society. This mobile guide to the cemetery grounds recreates the tour experience on your mobile device, complete with information at 31 stops throughout the grounds.
Address: 330 Bonaventure Rd, Savannah, GA 31404, USA
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Bonaventure Cemetery Segway Tour

Located on the banks of the Wilmington River, Bonaventure Cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the South. Cover more of the cemetery's 100 acres on a Segway tour, which lets you glide past rows of live oak trees, dogwoods, and more as you learn about the lives of the people who helped build Savannah.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Bonaventure Cemetery Tours

Experience the haunting beauty and historic folklore of stunning Savannah on this Bonaventure Cemetery tour. Follow your expert guide just beyond the limits of the Historic District and join a Master Storyteller as you wander through the tombstones and gardens of this top attraction. Learn why Bonaventure Cemetery is considered by locals to be the place where death and beauty meet. 
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Bonaventure Cemetery Private Daytime Tours

While public Bonaventure tours are very entertaining and in depth, Private Tours permit for greater exploring opportunities and direct conversation and question asking ones with Shannon Scott or his highly rated storyist protégé. You will just see more and learn more than the average tour taker. As Bonaventure is over 200 acres, public tours only cover a fraction of that whereas these tours take you into off the beaten realms. Tour also includes beautiful, signed poster art.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys with Shannon Scott

Explore Savannah’s famous Bonaventure Cemetery on this guided, 2-hour tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then discover the cemetery’s scenery and stories with tour guide, storyteller, historian, author and artist Shannon Scott. See where death and beauty meet and learn about the symbolism, art, architecture and burial traditions of the Victorian Age and other periods. Hear about famous lyricist Johnny Mercer, underground poet Conrad Aiken, maritime hero Josiah Tattnall and many more who call this special place their final resting place.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours Tour

This unique after-hours tour highlights the best of Savannah's spooky history with a memorable trip to the iconic Bonaventure Cemetery. Follow your expert guide on a haunting trip through the tombstones and graves of some of the this southern city's most well-known residents. No trip to Savannah is complete without a stop at Bonaventure and this post-sunset tour is one of the best ways to see it.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Bonaventure Cemetery Private After Hours Tour

Shannon Scott is Savannah's most in-demand, maverick storyteller, having spent 30 years exploring Bonaventure, Savannah & hundreds of cemeteries worldwide. This is his most personal and adult natured experience where Shannon lets it all hang loose storywise for his guests in what he describes as "no story stone left unturned, no topic too taboo" tour. It also permits guests to ask the questions they've always wanted to ask and will get the unfiltered truth! Shannon will pull back the proverbial Oz curtain on Freemasonry, The Illuminati and their symbolism, rituals and Savannah connections. Fans or curious seekers of Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil? See the graves of the characters and get the real scoop! You'll discover Bonaventure's root doctor & ritual ties and other things Gullah-Geechee in connection. Learn about the lascivious lives of bootleggers, and the cemetery's surprising connection to Harry Potter! All told surrounded by breathtaking natural & artistic scenery!
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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