Wright Square

Savannah - A City of Squares

Based on exploration of the city August 2016, all pictures taken by me

Southern Attraction

The city of Savannah is tucked neatly into the north-eastern corner of the state of Georgia. Just to the north is South Carolina and to the east is the expansive Atlantic with it’s waves rolling and crashing upon Tybee Island, a popular vacation and tourist destination east of the historic city. Fantastic giant oaks with long , hanging moss dominate much of the city’s landscape, draping over statues and historic homes like curtains hanging over a set stage.

Statue of James Oglethorpe in Chippewa Square

History

Dating back to 1733, Savannah has certainly aged well (with the help of some much needed restoration of course). Much of the original architecture is still intact and so are the squares that it surrounds. It’s 30 acre park, Forsyth Park, was originally created in the 1840's with an additional 20 acres added in 1851. The park’s prominent fountain, built in 1858, stands at the north end and near the south end stands the Confederate Memorial Statue, a memorial to confederate soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War. In between is the Forsyth Park Cafe where I picked up an extra green, tall green tea for the promenade.

Midnight in the Garden

The Mercer House, Monterey Square

There’s the Mercer House, one of the main characters in the book and movie ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’.

The “Bird Girl” statue that was photographed in Bonaventure Cemetery for the cover of the book ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ is now on display here at the Jepson Center
The north side of the Mercer House facing Wayne Street

The Sorrel-Weed House which is one of the most haunted buildings in Savannah. The opening scene of Forrest Gump was filmed from it’s roof.

Johnson Square

The first and largest of Savannah’s squares, it’s obelisk memorial to General Nathanael Greene was built in 1825, the cornerstone of which was laid by the Marquee de La Fayette. It’s sundial is dedicated to Colonial William Bull who helped establish Savannah and laid out the original street grid. One of it’s base panels reproduces a 1734 map of Savannah.

Roll in on the River

The Savannah River runs along most of the border between Georgia and North Carolina, running past Savannah along River Street. It has been a major port of shipping and trade in the South since the city’s founding nearly 300 years ago. Along River Street is a line-up of shops, bars, and restaurants, trolley tracks on cobblestone streets, and old sets of high-step stairs leading up between equally old buildings.

Georgia Queen riverboat on the Savannah River
River Street at sunrise

Jones Street

Next: Wormsloe Plantation & Bonaventure Cemetery