Bonaventure Cemetery

Eerily beautiful and strangely calming, this is more than a burial ground. Visit the tranquil garden and admire the impressive sculptures.

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Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery with Shannon Scott

1. Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery with Shannon Scott

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!

Savannah: Wormsloe Plantation and Bonaventure Cemetery Tour

2. Savannah: Wormsloe Plantation and Bonaventure Cemetery Tour

Your day begins with a tour of Bonaventure Cemetery to learn about the lives of notable inhabitants like Academy Award-winning songwriter Johnny Mercer, Georgia’s first governor Edward Telfair, philanthropist Mary Telfair, as well as the tragic tales of poet Conrad Aiken and Gracie Watson. The Cemetery walking tour meanders under moss-draped oaks and along the bluff of the Wilmington River. Bonaventure Cemetery, dating back to 1846, is one of the most beautiful cemeteries. Following the cemetery tour, you will have lunch on your own at Erica Davis Low country restaurant, a local favorite whose owner and family have deep ties in Savannah. Their focus on Coastal Southern Cuisine brings together fresh seafood, barbecue, and southern sides in a menu that embodies the Low country. After lunch, the day continues to Wormsloe Historic site and a drive through the picturesque Isle of Hope Historic District. Your visit to Wormsloe includes a breathtaking drive down the famous live oak tree-lined drive. You will take a short walk to see the Plantation Tabby Ruins that date to the 18th Century and visit the museum of the Georgia State Park Historic Site. After Wormsloe, you will drive down Bluff Dr to view the Intercoastal waterway and the magnificent houses that range in style from Greek Revival to Craftsman Bungalows. After this drive along the bluff, the thought of looking for a Realtor will come to mind. Finally, a stop is scheduled at the Famous Savannah Byrd Cookie Company headquarters for shopping and tastings of Byrd’s Famous Cookies. Key Lime, Bennie Bits and Cheddar Cheese are just of few of the favorites.

Savannah: Full Admission Tour Pass for 30+ Tours

3. Savannah: Full Admission Tour Pass for 30+ Tours

Gain full admission to 30+ top Savannah tours, attractions, and historic sites, and save up to 40% or more off of what you would normally pay with this Savannah Tour Pass. Skip the lines and make reservations in advance of your trip. Choose between a 1, 2, or 3-day pass. Take advantage of a 100% digital pass with interactive maps, booking tools, and detailed information. Simply show your digital pass at the ticket window for your chosen tour or attraction. Upon purchase, you will receive a text and email to start using the pass on your smartphone where you can choose from a selection of hand-selected tours, attractions, and historic sites. Get instant access to tours and attractions where full admission is included. Pass Options (multi-day passes can be used on non-consecutive days): • 1-Day Savannah Tour Pass: Choose 2 "Featured tours" + visit unlimited "Standard" attractions for 1 day • 2-Day Savannah Tour Pass: Choose 3 "Featured Tours" + visit unlimited "Standard" attractions for 2 days • 3-Day Savannah Tour Pass: Choose 4 "Featured Tours" + visit unlimited "Standard" attractions for 3 days Featured Tours (requires reservations which can easily be made within the Mobile Pass): • Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour • Savannah Riverboat Cruise • A Walk Through Midnight Walking Tour • America's Most Haunted Walking Tour • Bicycle Guided Historical Tour • Bicycle Rental - All Day • Bonaventure Cemetery Tour • Boo Y'all Comedy Ghost Trolley Tour • Carriage Tour • Civil War Walking Tour • Haunted Paranormal Ghost Walking Tour • Haunted Pubs Tour • Historic Homes Walking Tour • Historic Overview Trolley Tour • Pounce Cat Cafe • Savannah Experience Trolley Tour • Savannah Stroll Historic Walking Tour • Savannah Theatre Show Admission Walk-In or Standard Attractions (no reservation required and can be visited anytime during operating hours): • Andrew Low House Museum • Owens Thomas House & Slave Quarters • Telfair Academy House Tour • Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum • Savannah History Museum • Pinpoint Heritage Museum • Old Fort Jackson • Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum • Jepson Center for the Arts • Harper Fowlkes House Tour • Green Meldrim House Tour • Georgia State Railroad • Davenport House Museum • Savannah Square Pops • Webb Military Museum

Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery After-Hours Tour

4. Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery After-Hours Tour

Visit Bonaventure Cemetery after hours and discover the mysteries of this place, made famous by the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Take a 3-hour guided tour of the cemetery after dark, and explore the stories and the human drama behind the graves at this site. Stroll amongst the Gothic graves, towering oak trees, and trailing Spanish moss, the perfect backdrop for your eerie nighttime tour. Led by an expert storyteller guide, listen to tales of serial killers, root doctors, and doomed love affairs. Learn about freemasonry, and the other secret societies linked to the region.

Savannah: Victorian Cemeteries Van Tour

5. Savannah: Victorian Cemeteries Van Tour

Join your expert guide for a van tour through Savannah history. Start out at Laurel Grove Cemetery and visit the graves of local famous people, including Juliette Gordon Low, James Pierpont, Florence Martus, the Waving Girl, and a Confederate burial ground. Be sure to bring your camera for iconic snapshots of Savannah's most beautiful final resting places. Next, move on from Laurel Grove and learn about the local history as you approach Bonaventure Cemetery. See the famous graves of Johnny Mercer, Conrad Aiken, Gracie Watson and many more. Enjoy the day and bring the whole family.

Savannah: Haunted Historical Sites and Pub Crawl

6. Savannah: Haunted Historical Sites and Pub Crawl

Explore the historic locations on the streets of Savannah while stopping in at local pubs on this walking tour. Hear chilling tales about the city's most haunted locations. Meet your guide at Oglethorpe Square and head to 17hundred90 tavern where you can purchase a drink and listen to authentic accounts of the ghosts who continue to lurk on the dark streets of Savannah. Stop at three other pubs including the historic dive bar Original Pinkie Masters. Enjoy several stops at historic locations on the the way. Discover the creepy paranormal stories behind these taverns and historic locations.

Savannah: Small-Group Guided Historical Tour

7. Savannah: Small-Group Guided Historical Tour

Join your expert guide on a historical sightseeing walking tour in a small-group setting. Visit the historical district town, plus Bonaventure and the Isle of Hope. Best of all, pickup and drop-off are included. Visit Savannah’s 22 historical squares where you will see lovely homes, beautiful churches, charming inns, and museums amidst the shade of live oak trees and intimate green space Take a peek at late Victorian and Queen Anne architecture in this lovely historical district, the crown jewel of Savannah’s Antebellum architecture. Head to Bluff Drive to explore a hidden scenic residential area on the Isle of Hope. Expect grand stately southern mansions overlooking the marshes. Take in many grand places of worship on your tour. Stroll to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, an impressive 19th century Roman Catholic cathedral & seat of the Bishop of Savannah Also not to be missed is Christ Church. Established in 1733 with the founding of the colony of Georgia, this church is known as “The Mother Church of Georgia”. Wesley Monumental Church, a 19th century Methodist church dedicated as a monument to John and Charles Wesley, is also on the itinerary for your tour. Take in a more somber part of Savannah’s history at a former plantation that was once the colonial estate of Noble Jones, a carpenter who came to Savannah in 1733 with James Oglethorpe. Learn how the estate remained family-owned until it was purchased by the state for use as a historical site in 1973. Last up is Bonaventure Cemetery. located on the site of a former plantation. Hear and see how the cemetery was featured in the novel and film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”.

Savannah: Guided Bonaventure Cemetery Tour

8. Savannah: Guided Bonaventure Cemetery Tour

Join a guided tour of Bonaventure Cemetery and visit the graveyard that captured the imaginations of writers, poets, photographers, filmmakers, and naturalists for over 150 years. Meet your guide at the entrance to the cemetery and set out to discover this famous and hauntingly beautiful burial grounds. Visit some of the most well-known graves and hear the stories of the people buried there. *Please bring water and protection from the sun if sensitive to heat. Dress appropriately for the weather with comfortable footwear. You may also want to bring bug spray. Gratuity for your guide is strongly encouraged.

Bonaventure Cemetery: Private Tour with Shannon Scott

9. Bonaventure Cemetery: Private Tour with Shannon Scott

Join historian and artist Shannon Scott for an insider's view into the fascinating historic cemetery and the famed dead. Embark on a walking tour as you learn about history from the mid-18th century Bonaventure Plantation era. Admire the most sumptuous natural landscapes that you'll ever observe in a cemetery anywhere in the world. Hear about famed figures that have made their mark on Savannah's history, their connections to The Historic District and the world at large.  The tour is particularly focused on symbols and the hidden language of cemeteries. Gain an insight into the world of Freemasonry, which was born in Savannah and led the path for other secret societies to follow. Learn how to decode such objects or truly see them in their proper light.  At heart though, this tour is about storytelling and you'll quickly see that Shannon Scott is well-heeled in the art form and truly brings Bonaventure's dead to life. This private tour will provide access to more locations, more details, and Shannon's expert attention than the group tour.

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What people are saying about Bonaventure Cemetery

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 191 reviews

We had Dennis for the Wormsloe and Bonaventure tours and he was absolutely wonderful! So very knowledgeable and fun, you can tell he’s been doing it for years and that his heart is in it. He was conscientious and patient with our group of 18 and I would highly recommend him!

This is a very interesting stroll through the cemetery. Our guide shared lots of fascinating facts and stories about the Victorian era customs as it pertained to cemetery etiquette. Wonderful tour!

Great tour of the cemetery. Shannon is an excellent tour guide who has extensive knowledge of the history of the cemetery and Savannah.

Wonderful tour, learned so much, Jessica was amazing and entertaining. Great way to spend 2.5 hours. This tour is a must.

Great guide, with so much knowledge about not only the Bonaventure Cemetery but also about the city of Savannah.