Savannah, Georgia is one of the most beautiful and sought after tour destinations among southern United States' cities.
It is the home of the largest national historic preservation district in this country.
I love this city! I was born and raised here along with eight of my nine siblings. As a child, my parents drove us around the city telling us Savannah's story. My mother entertained us with long walks around downtown pointing out places of our town's history, haunts and lore. It was a history that included nefarious tales of the city's elite and stories of Savannah's hauntings. Those stories were also about the Savannah Civil Rights Movement that I was too young to recall. This is the backdrop for the many stories I learned as child. Stories of Savannah from its; founding; the siege of Savannah during the American Revolution; the advent of the cotton gin; the civil war; reconstruction and antebellum periods along with the civil rights movement intrigued me. History and storytelling became passions that were fed from my love of books. Walking and riding through the downtown historic district; reading voraciously, listening to stories told by adults and curiosity laid the groundwork for my profession. From this foundation was borne my passion for experiences that led to me becoming a museum program director for more than sixteen years. And it is why I have been a tour guide for more than 20 years. Hearing tales from my mother, father, grand parents and others also made me adept at storytelling. I love people and I love talking. I am gifted with the ability to make history live when I tell it. I paint images of people moving on a canvas of beautiful homes, squares, the riverfront, cemeteries, parks and museums and in the old neighborhoods that make up my city. I know the old names and new names of our streets and communities. I tell you what was as well as what is. And I make history fun.
That I am a Savannah original affords me a uniquely different perspective from which to tell my Savannah Story. My experience is different from other peoples' because I entertain and teach through stories woven from history. And I am able to connect with all demographics, from children to elders and from wealthy to modest.
I am a professional tour guide in Savannah. I know the haunts, hangouts, havens and good places to eat that are off of the beaten path.
I am available for tours seven days a week.
A Recent Review of this guide
Bethany was delightful. Lots of history and local knowledge. We would recommend highly to anyone wanting a lovely stroll through the historical district.
Museum Management Certificate
16 years Museum Program Director
Professional Savannah Tour Guide
Professional Tour Guide with PST
While Savannah is compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act, the walking tour along the river is not the best fit for people in wheelchairs or those with back conditions. For those people I recommend riuding tours.