Group Tours and Day Trips to Dunham Farms
Back not too long ago, folks in Coastal Georgia liked spending leisurely days in the country. Today, visitors to Savannah can do just that at Dunham Farms. Paddle a kayak through pristine marshes… Meet a great blue heron as it takes flight… Unwind in 8,000 private acres with a master naturalist… Enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by a personal chef… Explore the grounds of a real Georgia plantation in the same family since 1755… Hear entertaining stories, learn a little history you didn’t know, and tour an 1840s plantation home with a noted historic preservationist and professional historian… All this while spending a day in the countryside of Savannah at Dunham Farms!
Dunham Farms offers tours for private groups of 6 or more and accommodates bus tour stops for large groups. All tours are available with light lunch, high tea or full luncheon.
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.
Offered in April, May, June & August
Dunham Farms is composed 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.
Offered 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.
Join us at Christmastime for our annual Holiday Festival of Lights and Music. Included are a cocktail hour, a concert and magnificent feast in the great hall that is resplendent 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. Space is extremely limited.
Offered January through Mid-March
The amazing Georgia coast is best explored during our mild winter months. These guided tours meander 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, with a wagon ride back to Palmyra Barn.
Day Trips to Dunham Farms
From hiking to birding to kayaking, Dunham Farms offers active pursuits for all interests and skill levels. We specialize in teaching beginners!
There is no better way to experience the beauty and peace of Georgia’s coastal marshes and tidal creeks than by kayak. There are three ways to paddle at Dunham Farms:
• Join one of our scheduled kayak excursions.
• Organize a group of 6-12 people and schedule a private excursion.
• Stay overnight and bring your own boat – or schedule a special guided excursion using one of our boats.
A leisurely guided walking tour (minimum of 6 people) of Palmyra and Springfield Plantation complete with historic highlights from the Guale Indians, to Spanish and English colonists, to pirates, to the Civil War, up to today. It’s a fascinating true story of a remarkable place through time.
Learn about the nature of our coastal forest and its climax species the magnificent live oak, Georgia’s state tree, on this beautiful riverside walk. Visit members of the Live Oak Society which limits its membership to oak trees larger than 25-feet in circumference. You’ll see 500-year-old trees the King of England once prized for ship building, and you’ll walk amid the ancient oak grove that was left behind when timbers were cut for “Old Ironsides,” the USS Constitution.
While you're here...
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.