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Discover the 1750’s riverside plantation turned 204 acre Victorian cemetery with Bonaventure’s longest established & most highly reviewed company!
PRIVATE GROUP TOUR OF THE SOUTH’S MOST FAMOUS CEMETERY
This is an ideal outing for travel professionals, that social club, photography group, naturalist group, church group, non-profit or whatever unique organization is looking for the ultimate out-of-the-box event experience! Part soulful, story-fare meets foodie feast!
This is where storyist Shannon Scott, lets it all hang out as far as his Special Reserve Taboo Tales & Forbidden Topics. This is Shannon’s most personalized and deeply personal tour. It is tailor-made for average history buffs while going deep into realms other storytellers in Savannah just won’t touch. Guests will learn how carved symbols are not just the secret language of cemeteries but the entire history of the known world. They’ll hear and see aspects of Secret Societies that go way beyond Dan Brown and how Freemasonry in America was founded in Savannah.
No culture is more mysterious than the Gullah-Geechee African culture, how Bonaventure is their courtroom, and how the novel-film, “Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil,” brought this unique culture into the public spectacle. Shannon is well familiar with their people and their indigenous language, and one of the tour treats is being shown active root magic, ritual sites. For fans of the novel-film, this is a tailor-made treat, as so much of Bonaventure is central to it, and Shannon tells all at the graves of actual “characters.”
As noble as many burials are, some Bonaventure residents have a very seedy past, and the 4 bootlegging families from The Prohibition Era are no exception. Shannon shares their sordid connections to The Kennedys and the Lucchese Crime Family, and that the graves of those tied to their endeavors didn’t always end well – some, rather violently.
Perhaps one of Bonaventure’s least known influences or correlations is in regard to Harry Potter and how, without the tragic life story of another Savannah writer, we would not know J.K. Rowling’s boy-wizard story in the same way.
Without giving away too much about another story-rich tour experience, Bonaventure has a doozy of a Houdini family story with a serial killer twist and psychical ending that is sure to fascinate. It is told from a very personal perspective, as much of Shannon’s stories are, which is what makes Dinner & A Cemetery so unique among many choices in Savannah and impossible to duplicate!
As Shannon Scott was also a chef in his life, running a gourmet city deli, working in a private club and publishing The Foodies Guide, he’s brought a special flair to the cuisine side of this event! The Q&A dinner has a set menu by a local foodie favorite hub near Bonaventure. Menus can be tailored and discussed in advance, including those with special dietary needs.