Tour with the Past Master
Hi folks. I’m Bonaventure Don and there’s nothing I like more than showing off my favorite place in Savannah, beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery. My parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents are buried in these hallowed grounds and I’m proud to be a fifth-generation Savannah native. For me, and mine, Bonaventure is a family tradition. Please join me for an historic stroll though my favorite place in Savannah. All fact, no fiction, and you name your own price.
If You’re Happy, I’m Happy
My tour does not operate on per-person pricing, but rather what you feel the tour itself is worth to you. The practice of a name-your-own-price tour keeps me on my toes. It has to be good. And if you give me two and a half hours of your time, I promise not to waste it.
I generally limit my tours to eight people at a time. But there’s wiggle room, for sure. Call or email if you have a larger group or require a private tour. We’ll make it work.
Learn Our Legacy
Together, we’ll delve into the graves, the Live Oaks, the Azaleas, the Camellias, and the stories behind the real Garden of Good and Evil. I will introduce you to warlords, slave traders, a musical genius and Savannah’s first feminist. And, along the way, you may discover a hidden piece from Tiffany.
Eerie and enticing, the history of Bonaventure is also the history of Savannah. Distilled to its essence, this is really a tour of Savannah, held in Bonaventure. After all, Bonaventure Cemetery is the final resting place of so many of the people who made Savannah’s history, and I can’t just walk by their graves and not tell you about them. Join me, if you can. We’ll have a good time.
Meet Me Inside the Jewish Gate
I offer tours at two different times. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday tours begin at 11:00am. On Wednesday, Friday and Sunday tours begin at 2.30pm.
Expect to walk about a mile and a half in the two and a half hours we’ll spend together. It’s an easy stroll over flat terrain. Be sure to make the most of your experience by wearing comfortable shoes and anticipating Savannah’s weather. I always have a few extra umbrellas on hand and on warm days I’ll always have cold water available both before and after the tour.
Y’all come see me.
There is one of me and possibly many of you. Please, click here to book your tour now as group size is limited.
Give me a call at (912) 658-1748 to book your tour or make special arrangements.
- Bonaventure Don’s tours are not just for tourists, but any tourist would certainly value his gift for story-tellilng and his passion for telling it correctly. No made up drama for him!! His personalized tour for our family was the hit of my grandchildren’s recent visit to Savannah! As most of them live in Massachusetts and we wanted them to know more about and respect their Southern ancestors, we turned to Don. He led us on a tour of family and Savannah history through beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery. His stories and passion for this historical place was just perfect. We left memory stones on the graves of the children’s great grandparents, great-great grandparents, and great-great-great grandparents that day. We will always have a memory stone for Bonaventure Don and the gift he shared with our family.5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2016
- Don was very knowledgeable, personable and his understanding of the people living in Savannah – and buried at Bonaventure – is extensive. My favorite things were his explanations of various symbolism and designs throughout the cemetery, and Little Gracie’s statue. Be sure to bring a camera as the scenery is wonderful and wear good walking shoes as the tour lasted just over two hours. I did not feel rushed and all of the group’s questions were answered.5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2016
- Don provided a wonderful tour of Bonaventure Cemetery. He is well informed with many years of experience. His parents and grandparents are interred there as well. His tour showed us many interesting memorials along with a narrative. There is a lot of interesting history about the burials in Bonaventure.5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2016
- Having lived in Savannah for nearly twenty years, I occasionally take time to be a tourist in my own city. Sometimes the sites I see and the tours I take are a disappointment, but the two hours I spent with “Bonaventure Don” Teuton were just fantastic. Don is a fifth-generation Savannahian and his love for Bonaventure and it’s history is apparent. He gave our group a wonderful walking experience of Bonaventure Cemetery and we all came away amazed at his knowledge of every detail. Our group contained people eight people aged 14 to 70-plus, two of whom were from out of the state, and everybody was as thrilled with the tour as we were with the wonderful weather (low 70’s, sunny and breezy). You should be prepared to walk at a very comfortable pace for at least two hours and don’t forget your camera. The sand gnats, although annoying were not unexpected – so wear long sleeve/leg clothing and/or bring spray. I am glad I took Bonaventure Don’s walking tour and would absolutely recommend it to others.5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2016
- This is the best tour I have been on in Savannah. Don is a native and cares about ACCURATE information. If you want to hear about the amazing history (good and bad) of Savannah all done in a beautiful location this is the tour for you. If you want made up stories and theatrics there are plenty of “tour guides” in it for your money.5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
- Our Tour Guide Don was historically accurate and a pleasure to spend the afternoon with. We gained an appreciation for the historical side of Savannah and learned so much that we will always remember this tour as one of the best we have taken. Don is a historian and tells stories that make you appreciate history.5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015
- As a history buff, I’m very picky about what tours we go on. We had the pleasure of Don being our guide and he did a wonderful job. His passion and knowledge kept us engaged. Listening to his stories made us feel like we were getting to know the city and it’s inhabitants. He’s a stickler for history and facts to my delight. As a bonus he’s quite the photographer and I hope they provide photos tours or we may even go on a private tour when we go back. Don’t hesitate booking a tour with them. Don was so into the tour ours went over by half hour. Now that’s passion.5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
- You’ll learn so much about the people and the history of Savannah by taking Don’s tour of Bonaventure Cemetery. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll be fascinated. You’ll be outraged. You’ll be inspired. Bonaventure Cemetey is so much more than MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL. Don will talk about the incident and the people in that book, but he will take you far beyond that single incident in Savannah history. Don is passionate about his city and about the cemetery itself. He is a member of an association of volunteer caretakers and he spends his non-working days in the cemetery tending messy graves more often than the routine care provided by the cemetery. By now, this group will have installed a headstone for the carver of most of the glorious statuary in the Bonaventure Cemetery, and, indeed, in all the Savannah cemeteries. Why the carver of most of Savannah’s funerary art didn’t have his own headstone is quite a fascinating story and one that Don will undoubtedly share with you if you tour. Really a great experience!5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015