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Last week, my friend Shawndra and I joined a group of people for an evening cemetery tour.  The Bonaventure After Hours tour is lead by Shannon Scott and begins after the group has been locked inside the gates of this historic cemetery.

Sounds like the beginning of a terrifying experience, but that is not at all what this is about. The city of Savannah has rules against telling ghost stories on its hallowed grounds so this tour is more of the history of the cemetery itself and the stories of the people that rest there.

We were lucky to tour during a beautiful night, just as the dark set in, giving the cemetery a truly beautiful glow. Shannon guided us around and gave insights to some of the more famous residents, as well  people he had relationships with. From eccentric millionaires to free-spirited children, there were engaging stories throughout the entire journey.

I highly recommend this experience to anyone that wants to experience the cemetery in a new way (since the gates close early, it is the only way to get in afterhours), or just wants to get a mini history of Savannah while visiting. In fact, you can schedule private tours just about any night of the week with your group of friends or family. And since this is not a scare-the-pants-off-you kind of experience, it is great for all ages and for people who are a little skittish.

Some general tips? Bring a flashlight. Especially if you do get a little jumpy in the dark. Even though the overall feeling is peaceful, the extra light will just make you feel better. Also, bring a camera. There will likely be a few sculpted statues you will want a picture of.

Cost: $30 per person for the public tour, call for details to schedule a private tour

Website: Bonaventure After Hours

Schedule: See website (above) for details