Bonaventure Cemetery Segway Tour
Savannah, Georgia, USA
- Segway tour: An historical tour that's also a fun-filled adventure with high-tech gyroscopes that intuitively respond to your body's movements. Within a few minutes of instruction, you'll feel confident and ready to go.
- Bonaventure Cemetery: Learn about Bonaventure's rich history and its famed residents – songwriters, poets, silent screen actors, Civil War officers – with a guided tour that takes you across this vast graveyard.
- Design: Bonaventure seems like an open-air museum, with sculptures and fountains scattered amongst the majestic live oaks and Spanish moss.
About This Savannah Tour
Welcome to "the garden of good and evil." That's the name author John Berendt gave to the book he wrote about Savannah's eccentric socialites, a direct reference to its most famous cemetery. It's hard to say which of its now-permanent residents were good or evil, but the stories you'll hear about will surely entertain you
Bonaventure Cemetery was Bonaventure plantation before it was sold to the city. Naturalist John Muir even spent part of his Thousand Mile Walk there, spending six days and nights sleeping on the graves while he waited for money to be expressed to him. He was so moved by its breathtaking beauty that he devoted an entire chapter to it in his novel. From the "noble avenue of live oaks" to the long moss that draped down from the branches, he was utterly captivated by the natural wonders he found. "The whole place seems like a center of life," he wrote. "The dead do not reign there alone."
The place he called "a town of the dead" once featured the Bird Girl sculpture pictured on John Berendt's novel cover, but this fame led to it being moved to the nearby Jepson Center for the Arts. But what you will see are the magnificent tombs and graves of singer Johnny Mercer, senators, governors, military men, Confederate officers, and many of Savannah's most colorful citizens. Though some speak of ghosts wandering amongst the graves, the only thing that will haunt you is the beauty of this fascinating place.
The Ophelia of Bonaventure
Corinne Lawton was born into privilege, the daughter of the wealthy Brigadier General Alexander Robert Lawton. But Corinne fell in love with a man from "across the tracks," and her parents forbade the relationship. The day before her arranged marriage to a man chosen by her parents, she road her father's horse to the icy waters of the Savannah River, and drowned herself. Her grieving statue sits in Bonaventure Cemetery, seemingly sharing her tale of woe.
Please make your way to 234 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Savannah GA 31401.
Riders must wear a helmet at all times and wear comfortable clothing for the day's weather.
Each Segway PT has a storage pouch for taking personal items such as keys, cell phones and water bottles.
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your desired start time for helmet fitting, safety video and practice session.
This tour does not operate on Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
The Rider must be able to step on and off the Segway PT without assistance, which requires physical abilities similar to climbing and descending stairs without the support of a handrail or other walking aid.
Cultural, Scenic, Adventure
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for travelers 18 years of age and older (or 15-17 years old when accompanied by parent or guardian).
Riders must weigh at least 100 lbs but cannot exceed 260 lbs.
Special Medical Restriction
Segways are not dangerous. However, if you have neck/back issues or cardiac or balance problems, or you are pregnant, this is not a suitable tour for you.
All travelers are required to sign a Release of Liability waiver before participating.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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