Do you enjoy a good mystery? Consider taking the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil tour in Savannah, Georgia! It’s based on the best-selling novel by John Berendt, which showcases real-life events in Savannah during the 1970’s and 80’s. The tour covers the life of Jim Williams, an antique dealer and preservationist, as well as eccentric Savannah personalities like Joe Odom, Mandy, and, of course, Lady Chablis. Whether you’re a fan of the book or just want a taste of downtown history, this tour should be on your to-do list! Here are some things to know before you go.

Take the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Tour

The Book

Published in 1994, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil made Savannah one of the hottest tourist destinations in the US. This panoramic tale of Savannah’s eccentricities focuses on the murder trial of Jim Williams: an art collector, antiques dealer, and semi-closeted homosexual. The book was on the New York Times bestsellers list for 216 weeks and has brought thousands of visitors to Savannah to see where it all took place. If you read the book and/or saw the movie, you need to take the tour!

The Tour

Savannah Heritage Tours offers two experiences for guests: The Midnight Book & Movie Tour and the Grand Midnight Tour. The first includes a trip to Bonaventure Cemetery where you’ll visit several important sites mentioned in the book. It’s 2.5 hours long and costs $38 for adults and $19 for children. From shocking soirees to scandalous affairs, you’ll learn all about the dark side of Savannah’s Southern charm!

The Grand Midnight Tour includes a visit to Bonaventure Cemetery as well as the historic Mercer Williams House. In 1969, Jim Williams bought the vacant house and began a two-year restoration. Throughout the home you will see furniture and art from Mr. Williams’ private collection including 18th and 19th century furniture, English and American portraits, and a wide collection of Chinese porcelain. This tour lasts for 3 hours and costs $68 for adults and $30 for children. Click here to make your reservations.

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