Savannah 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' Tour

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USD3500

Free cancellation

A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

Duration2 hours
Guide LanguageEnglish
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About

Meet your guide in front of the John Wesley statue in the heart of Reynolds Square, where your 2.5-hour-long tour begins. Start with a briefing about the protagonist of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," Jim Williams, and Minerva, a voodoo priestess. Check out the Olde Pink House before heading to Johnson Square to learn about Johnny Mercer, the man behind the film's soundtrack.
Your next stop is Wright Square and the Federal District Court building, which appeared in the movie, and then onwards to Chippewa Square to learn about Forrest Gump. Walk to the Hamilton-Turner House and then to West Jones Street, both of which were pivotal locations in the film and then onwards to the Mercer Williams House and the Armstrong House, both of which you'll view from the outside. Wrap your tour up at Forsyth Park with a final discussion and time to ask questions from your guide.

Highlights

2.5-hour Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil walking tour of Savannah
Explore the literary sites of Savannah
Learn about the history and culture of this historic Southern town
Small group size ensures personalized attention from professional guide

Itinerary

Out tour begins here. Introduction to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil's main character, Jim Williams, and an outside look at what is probably his most high-profile Savannah project - the Olde Pink House Restaurant and Tavern. We also introduce Minerva, the voodoo priestess and member of his defense team.
We stop here to talk about Johnny Mercer and the Midnight movie soundtrack, and why director Clint Eastwood thought it was important to have a movie soundtrack that was 100 percent Johnny Mercer music.
A look at the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Qe compare it to the book, and take a deep look at its characters and the various places it was filmed, including an outside look at the Federal District Court Building, used as an exterior in the movie's courtroom scenes.
A brief presentation about the movie Forrest Gump.
An in-depth look at one of the main venues for the book and the movie - The Hamilton Turner Inn. Talk about Joe Odom, Nancy Hillis (the real "Mandy), and Jerry Spence. We also introduce "Vamp of Savannah," Hillis' tell-all book.
We'll trace the history of Clary's Cafe and introduce Moe Fetzer (the real Luther Driggers). Then we take a look at 115 W. Jones St., anchor of the movie's famous scene introducing Joe Odom. Then we see John Berendt's first home in Savannah, as well as the home where Berendt met Joe Odom.
We stand in front of the Mercer Williams House Museum and discuss its history to present-day; its role in the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil saga; and the trials of Jim Williams. We do not go inside the museum.
We stand in front of the Armstrong House and discuss its history and its role in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It is now a private home, we do not enter it.
Our tour ends here with a discussion on Midnight characters and "where are they now." We also talk about how the author wrote the book and what the book has done for Savannah - and anything else tour participants want to talk about!

Inclusions

Local licensed professional Savannah tour guide
All taxes, fees and handling charges

Exclusions

Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
This tour does not include a tour of the Mercer Williams House Museum.

Additional Information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • This tour is not recommended for children under 14.
  • BOOK CLUBS WELCOME!

Guide Languages

  • English

Cancellation Policy

  • A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

  • No refund is possible if you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity start time.