Looking for an unparalleled outing and the coolest way to indulge your Gothic poet side? The old saying is, no visit to Savannah is complete without a visit to Bonaventure: come take a Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours tour and find out why!
On this 2.5 hour tour, you will be joining a very exclusive club of people who have seen the cemetery after it closes to the public. Not since it opened in 1846 has this been an opportunity, but thanks to your very special host, Shannon Scott, now it is! You are literally locked in the cemetery the entire time; for the right taker, there's no price you can put on the joy of that! Imagine having the serenity, stillness and quiet of the cemetery, uninterrupted by the living world. Need a photographer? Just look at our gallery!
Stories stretch from the present day all the way back to Bonaventure's plantation beginnings in 1754. Our topics range from the funny and uplifting to the macabre at its most morbid! Some of the stories we will cover include those of:
- A "hooch runner" for Al Capone
- A bizarre love story that ended in one murder and one visit to the electric chair
- Savannah's role in The DaVinci Code
- Lady Minerva & Jim Williams in Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil
- ...and many more!
Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours is perfect for friends, family, your social club, church group, non-profit or anyone looking to do something completely and truly different in Savannah!
Come see a different side of Savannah history with a tour of Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours!
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|qwerty99a||Sat, Apr 11 5:00 PM||Male||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
Very interesting and different perspective of the cemetery. We very much enjoyed Shanon's stories.
excellent history lesson but a little pricey
|sherm1972||Sat, Apr 4 5:00 PM||Male||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
The sand gnats was horrible
Shannon was a great storyteller!
|gatrgrl01||Sat, Mar 28 5:00 PM||Male||20-29||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
The tour was really great..the Bonaventure cemetery was absolutely beautiful and it was great hearing about many of the people's stories who were buried there. However, I thought 2.5 hours was a bit long; we were probably ready after 1.5 hours. Another unexpected thing was there were no ghost stories or haunted stories, which we really thought that's what the tour was going to be mostly about; but he explained to us that this is a Savannah law to protect the dignity of its cemeteries. We probably should have done our research, though. I don't want to undermine the fact that his stories were still very captivating and probably how we learned the most history about the town.
|tja1110||Sat, Mar 21 5:00 PM||Male||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
Shannon is an excellent tour guide and storyteller. It was educational, entertaining, and respectful.
History & Beauty seen through the eyes of a local
|KathleenO||Sat, Mar 21 5:00 PM||Female||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Other|
Our business group of 5 Adults took this amazing tour and absolutely loved it. Shannon Scott was our tour guide and he gave insider details of the history and some of the changes that have taken place. Shannon is an amazing storyteller and through his eyes, we saw the true Savannah - its history, notoriety and its beauty. Our tour consisted of every age group and he had the entire group captivated. Highly, highly recommend Shannon!
Best historical tour I've ever been on.
|nimberticket||Sat, Mar 21 5:00 PM||Female||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
Having grown up in central Florida and frequenting St. Augustine, it's saying a lot that this is the best historical tour I've ever been on. Mr. Scott successfully gave the overview of history for Savannah with the overview of history for Bonaventure specifically all through the very personal histories of specific characters buried in the cemetery. It makes every moment compelling and engaging. My only wish is that he would expand his research/stories and have various versions of the tour with different stories so I could take every one of them.
Shannon is a great orator of stories and history
|carrolleigh||Sat, Mar 14 5:00 PM||Unspecified||Unspecified||International Tourist(s)||Unspecified|
The tour was great, Shannon was so very knowledgeable and passionate about the topics discussed. The cemetery walk was leisurely and did not lack in photographic atmosphere. The pathways were a sandy gravel and were FULL of nats so wear pants and long sleeves or some pretty strong spray because our legs and arms were ravished. That was the only down side to the tour. Well done Shannon!
Great tour with a great storyteller
|GJUEDES99||Sat, Mar 14 5:00 PM||Unspecified||60-69||Local||Group of Friends|
|Courth78||Sat, Mar 14 5:00 PM||Female||30-39||Local||Group of Friends|
Tour guide was so knowledgeable and fun to listen to. Greatly enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend this to anyone!
Lots of fun to be found here!
|nisipeak||Sat, Mar 14 5:00 PM||Female||40-49||Local||Other|
Shannan Scott did a great job with he tour and his vast knowledge of what he shared with us. I'd be delighted to spend countless more hours with him listening to everything else he knows.
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tours often sell out so we suggest purchasing your tickets early to guarantee your desired tour day. You can buy your tickets either online or by phone with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
- Is Shannon Scott always the guide?
- Typically Shannon Scott is the guide, but with his ever changing TV, Film & Lecture schedule, it is not always possible for him to conduct the tour. The great news is that his associate, Susan Davis is his highly trained & informed friend and storyteller who brings her own skills to the tour itself. Her reviews are also widely represented online and Shannon has full confidence to represent his work when he is otherwise unavailable.
- Is this event appropriate for children?
- We define the tour's content as Mature Subjects or Mature Audiences. It isn't gratuitous material, but we talk about death, dying, burials and things respective, so we ask parents and guardians to use their own discretion. As a performance, it is also aimed at the enjoyment of adults who go to plays, operas, and performances where a certain regard for other attendees is expected as a standard and thus, the event is priced accordingly.
- Where does the tour meet?
- In the outside parking lot of Bonaventure Cemetery. Do not drive into the cemetery itself. The parking lot is on the main road, outside of the cemetery, to the immediate right of the large marble sign that reads Bonaventure Cemetery. You will check-in at the parking lot.
- How far is Bonaventure from different parts of the area?
- From downtown Savannah it is 3-4 miles and about 10 minutes city driving. From Tybee Island, approximately 20 minutes. From midtown & various Southside hotels, 20 minutes. From Savannah Hilton-Head International Airport hotels, 45 minutes. From Hilton Head, South Carolina, guests should allot an hour or more depending on time of day and traffic.
- What if it rains?
- Tour goes out rain or shine, but weather has rarely affected the adventure in an adverse way. Sometimes it adds to the experience!
- What if one has a mobility or walking issue?
- We have had many people with various issues make the tour without complaint and people as old as 92 survive and love it! Because everyone has different limits, you should know the following. The tour itself is a leisurely mile, but unfortunately the City of Savannah has made no accommodations for those who need to sit. The terrain is flat, but is varied between gravel, sand, grass and asphalt and so we find that it is not scooter or wheelchair ideal. People have brought collapsible stools and are great. We do our best to make it work for everyone but it's just not possible in each and every case.
- Are there restrooms?
- Yes, but bathrooms are available only at the beginning of the event.
- Can I take photos or video?
- One may take photos but we do not allow recording devices to be used during the tour.
- Can I purchase a poster or DVD at time of event?
- Yes, but in order for us to best prepare orders in advance, we would highly suggest that you buy them in advance along with your tickets.
- What if we do not have a car?
- Chatham Area Transit offers a bus line that drops you one mile from Bonaventure but in general we recommend Chatham Cab as our most reliable cab along with a more affordable rate if you tell them you're attending the event. Please keep in mind that they are a different company and Shannon Scott Journeys bears no responsibility for their business nor gives refunds based on any mishaps with arrival, etc.
- Can we explore Bonaventure Cemetery on our own or do we need to take a tour?
- No. Bonaventure Cemetery has been made available at this hour exclusively for Shannon's tours.
- How much walking or standing will there be?
- The terrain of Bonaventure Cemetery is varied between gravel, sand, grass and asphalt. Unfortunately, there are not places to sit during the tour, therefore we will be on our feet for the majority of the 2.5-hour tour.
- Are refreshments available? Can I bring my own?
- No, but please feel free to bring your own bottle of water. No other food or drink is allowed inside the cemetery.
- What should I wear?
- We recommend that you dress comfortably and wear shoes for walking as you will be on your feet for the majority of the tour.
- Is the Bonaventure Cemetery open all year round?
- Yes, we operate tours throughout the entire year.
- Are pets allowed on the tour?
- No, other than certified service dogs, pets are not permitted.
- Do you sell tour gift certificates?
- Yes! Gift certificates are available and make great gifts for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, please click on the "Contact ShannonScott" link to the left.
- Do you offer private or group tours?
- Yes, private group tours are available. Group tour hours and fees vary from our regular schedule. Please click on the "Contact ShannonScott" link to the left to schedule a private tour for your group.
Shannon Scott Journeys
Since 1988, Shannon Scott has made his mark as a researcher and storyteller. Born in Terra Haute, IN, and raised in Rantoul, IL by school teacher parents, Shannon Scott grew up surrounded by farmland and the Chanute Air Force Base in Eastern Illinois. As a child, Shannon excelled in art & history, and he discovered the strong ability to paint pictures with words in the minds of others, an ability that would later go on to make him the exceptional storyteller he is today.
Shannon has always held a deep appreciation for our nation's history, a sense he developed when visiting historic landmark destinations like Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Philadelphia, and American natural wonders like The Badlands, The Painted Desert and Yosemite. In his high school years, he discovered a natural love for art, winning many Scholastic Awards, and eventually a Fine Arts' Scholarship to the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).
By the late 1990's, his storytelling took him to a new level when working in television as a researcher, producer and on-camera commentator for shows like, "Scariest Places On Earth," "Ghost Hunters," "MTV's FEAR," and others. In 2013, he released his first documentary film under his company, Bonaventure Film, entitled, "America' Most Haunted City," the first film to be made locally on the subject of Savannah's spiritual and haunted heritage.
Shannon Scott knows history, and he knows Savannah. For a view of Bonaventure Cemetery unlike any other, visit with Shannon Scott Journeys!