On December 27th we decided to take a tour of the Bonaventure Cemetery with Tour Bonaventure, a sister company to Blue Orb Tours. We called in the morning and made our reservation for the 2PM tour with No problems. There are many tour companies to choose from but not all of them are doing a tour like this. The focus of this cemetery is the burial plots of some of the most famous people who once lived in Savannah and made the city what it is. Additionally, it is famous for the incredible life like sculptured statues. You can tour the cemetery on your own time but you miss out on the historical reference of what you are looking at. When we arrived at 2PM next to the Visitor Center we met our tour guide Melissa. We spent a few minutes in conversation and found her to be very personable and very knowledgeable about the history of Savannah. She informed us that we would be the only ones on the tour. The tour bus is small and accommodates about 20 people. This is a round trip tour. On our way through the city, Melissa gave us a nice history lesson about some of the most significant people who lived in Savannah’s past: the Lawton’s, Johnny Mercer, who wrote over 1500 songs like Moon River, Noble Jones, Conrad Aiken, Gracie, and many others all leading up to the grave sites we would be visiting. At the cemetery we were amazed at the depth of Melissa’s explanations of the significance of the shapes and sizes of the monuments, symbols and especially the statues. Did you know there is a reason why some statues are sculptured with shoes and other are barefoot? You will learn how to identify which grave sites belong to those who took part in the civil war. During our tour we noted that other people who were walking about moved closer to hear Melissa talk. This did not faze her in the least. I could go on and on about all we saw but this would spoil it for those you haven’t visited yet. My suggestion, take this tour and ask for Melissa. She was a lot of fun to be with, was very easy to talk with and we were very happy to have met her. She absolutely loves her work and it shows throughout the tour. I hope management knows this as well. The more she talked the more we wanted to know. This tour is about our American history and not about ghosts. Put the Tour Bonaventure (Cemetery) with Melissa on the must do list.