Dunham Farms offers tours for private groups of 6 or more and accommodates bus tour stops for large groups. Now is the time to book your group tour for the coming year. For information and reservations, call (912) 880-4500 or email email@example.com.
All tours are available with light lunch, high tea or full luncheon, all featuring the luscious delicacies and special local foods prepared by gourmet cooks in Dunham Farm's busy kitchens.
Offered in January, February & March
These visits feature the historic Dunham Farms camellia gardens with their gorgeous antique plants that often are one of a kind. Blooming begins in January with peak time from February through March. During this time the camellias are joined by the vibrant color of over 500 azaleas, hundreds of spring bulbs, wisteria, redbud and dogwood. The gardens are set among some of the South's most magnificent, moss-hung live oaks along the river and marshes, making this one of the Georgia coast's most rewarding garden experiences.
in April, May, June & August
Dunham Farms is composed of all or part of eight historic plantations including Springfield Plantation, the oldest intact coastal Georgia plantation held continuously by the original family to whom it was granted by England's King George II in 1755. Tours are conducted by direct descendants of the original family. They are historians and naturalists, and as such, they offer a broad, fascinating look at early coastal life. An authentic plantation cottage is included in the tour, along with discussions of the many notable people who have lived here.
in September, October & November
These tours are all about new discoveries and their importance to the history of America. Visitors learn fascinating, little known stories about early settlements including the Spanish Ayllon Colony. These settlers brought with them the first Africans, making their colony the place where African American history began – almost 100 years before it had been previously believed. Environmentally, an ancient island has been discovered just off shore, the Civil War salt works has been found, archaeologists have dug the Mission Santa Catalina and new finds are always on the horizon. Artifacts and radar tools are shown and a sample archaeological dig is included.
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AND MUSIC
This month features a perennial favorite, the Holiday Festival of Lights and Music. Included are a cocktail hour, a concert and magnificent feast in the great hall that is gorgeous with holiday decorations, the annual outdoor tree lighting, and our famous candle ceremony at the river. There are nighttime wagon rides through lighted live oaks, tours of decorated historic buildings, and amazing bargains at the Gift Shop just in time for the holidays. Advance reservations are a must with tickets going on sale in mid-August. Menu and schedule are available. Space is extremely limited. Book early.
WINTER WOODS TOURS
Offered January through Mid-March (soft adventure)
The amazing Georgia coast is best explored during our mild winter months. These guided tours walk along gorgeous trails through ancient live oaks, the river and marsh.
TOUR #1: We walk where wild horses roamed to a secretive marsh-locked hammock with its fascinating cedar bone yard. We'll picnic within the mysterious hammock wood and enjoy the freedom of a 360º view of unspoiled natural beauty.
TOUR #2: We walk the lovely river edge to Smugglers Cove for a picnic on the high bluff with its spectacular view of the offshore islands and miles of marsh. The return is through mysterious woods and grassy pine woods trails back to Palmyra Barn. Hay ride one way.
Tour and lunch 2 ½ hours. $25. Tour length: 2-2.5 hours.
Exploring: Coastal Georgia offers lots of excellent touring opportunities. Visit a natural barrier island, stroll through beautiful historic Savannah, paddle the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp, or soak up the history of the area. Please ask your hosts for suggestions.
Birding: Ample birding opportunities abound at Melon Bluff. Habitats include salt marsh, blackwater swamp, pine uplands, mixed hardwood forest, meadows and fields, maritime forest, and a variety of succession growth. A bird list is available upon request. Melon Bluff is an inaugural member of the Colonial Coast Birding Trail and is located within 2 hours of every site on the trail.
Fishing: Two nearby marinas provide boat launches as well as facilities to clean and store fish, and there are a plethora of marinas in Savannah as well. Guests may also fish off of the dock at Sunbury. Please contact our office for details.
Golf: Excellent inexpensive golfing is available within a half-hour drive of Melon Bluff. Please contact our office for a list of courses, greens fees and locations.
Shopping: The Shop at Dunham Farms features an eclectic assortment of goods from fine china and linens to fantastic Folkmanis puppets to delicious foodstuffs. The Garden Shop features garden accessories and plants propagated at Dunham Farms – including rare antique Gerbing camellias.