Savannah Cemetery Tours
“To understand the living, you got to commune with the dead.”
In “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” root doctor Minerva packs lots of meaning into one simple phrase, one that aptly fits the feel of that movie as well as certain parts of the city it so brightly featured. The portrayal of Savannah in that film has led many people to embark on Savannah cemetery tours to satisfy a craving for mystery and thrill.
Bonaventure Cemetery is one of Savannah’s oldest and largest historic cemeteries, and is considered by many to be the single most haunted cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. It became famous in the mid-1990’s when it was featured in the novel and following movie, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” People come from around the world to experience the unique grounds that are breathtaking by day, ominous by night. The beautiful tree-lined pathways invite tourists and locals alike to meander through the grounds filled with examples of Savannah’s unique cemetery sculpture and architecture.
Another historic cemetery in Savannah is Colonial Park Cemetery, located in the heart of Savannah’s historic district. Established in 1750, it contains more than nine thousand graves, and is the oldest intact municipal cemetery in Savannah. Most of Savannah’s burial grounds established before 1750 have all been built over, giving Savannah the unique title of the “city that lives upon her dead,” and Colonial Park Cemetery is no exception. More than ten thousand people were buried in the southwest corner of Wright Square, and yet there are fewer than one thousand grave markers. Eerie areas of the cemetery like this one attract tales of the lives, and afterlives, of those who are buried beneath visitors’ feet.
The popularity of these historic Savannah cemeteries have led to the creation of many tours of the grounds, where experienced guides inform visitors of the history and the hauntings in our city. Whatever your plans are for visiting Savannah, embarking on one of Savannah’s cemetery tours is a must-do while you’re here!
Haunted Cemetery Tours
Ghost City Tours offers tours of many haunted areas in Savannah, but the Beyond Good and Evil Tour is one of our favorites. The tour kicks off in Colonial Park Cemetery and guests will hear stories from the past and learn about the chilling Voodoo culture of Savannah.
Shannon Scott Tours showcases both sides of Bonaventure Cemetery with its Bonaventure by Day and Bonaventure: After Hours tours. If you’re seeking to be spooked, the Bonaventure: After Hours adventure is for you. Find yourself locked in the cemetery for two hours, hearing stories of love, murder, and mystery.
Blue Orb Tours engages visitors in Savannah cemetery tours of both Colonial Park and Bonaventure. They have tours for all interests, including a Zombie tour, the Savannah Shadows tour and the always-fun Questionable Parents tour.
Historic Cemetery Tours
Free Savannah Tours prides itself on providing walking tours to guests at no charge. These distinguished tour guides operate solely on tips, and trust us – they earn them! Their historic tour covers a broad encompassing history of the Hostess City from the colonial times up to current day.
Shannon Scott Tours’ more lighthearted option, Bonaventure By Day, enlightens listeners with stories of well-known artists and architecture, symbolism and traditions. Be prepared to learn a lot during either a public or private excursion through Bonaventure.
Savannah Heritage Tours specialty is providing engaging tours for true history lovers. Guests can choose either public or private tours where they will learn facts about true events and historical icons. Led by a lifetime member of the Bonaventure Historical Society, this Savannah cemetery tour is not to be missed.
On your next visit to the charming South, we encourage you to experience one of our lovely city’s enjoyable offerings – Savannah cemetery tours are unlike those of any other city. Join us at the Hamilton-Turner Inn, where you’ll be met with a smile and experience a vacation unlike any other. Give us the chance to show you our true southern hospitality and we guarantee you’ll want to come back again and again. We hope to see you soon!