March-May 2007 – These squares were my favorite things about working in downtown Savannah. The city’s historic district was laid out with an eye for beauty, not speed of getting around.
This was my favorite scene in Columbia Square – the fountain, huge trees and beautiful homes made a great combo.
Every couple of blocks there are these little picturesque parks and the houses, churches and buildings are built around them in a square. So the houses and porches faced these beautiful little landscaped gems, and not just another house or building. You can tell they were built during a time when people weren’t so concerned about just moving quickly through an area, because you have to drive slowly as you traverse these squares. Each also featured some kind of beautiful statuary, usually of a historical figure being honored, so you were encouraged to stop and enjoy these pleasant little respites as you maneuvered around them.
Columbia Square – We rode our bikes around to be able to stop at will and see it all pretty thoroughly. The architecture of that period and the grace of the buildings are fascinating to me and of course to Don, the architect. He always has some interesting insights into these aspects that I would not have thought of.
Johnson Square – This park was first laid out in 1733, the first of Savannah’s squares. The Declaration of Independence was read here to an enthusiastic audience on August 10, 1776.
Christ Episcopal Church was the first church built in Savannah. Originally founded in 1733, this is not the original building, but was built on the original foundation after the first two buildings were destroyed – one by fire and the other by hurricane.
Lafayette Square – This was my favorite scene here. The brilliant azaleas, the soothing fountain and the historic building all just pulled me in and made me want to sit a while.
Wright Square – Besides gorgeous pink azaleas in March, Wright Square contains a memorial to William Gordon for establishing Central Railroad Banking Company.
I always stopped to savor the azaleas by shady park benches.
Pulaski Square – My feet were killing me by now but it’s hard to want to quit walking around when greeted by such sights. I sat on the benches gazing at the graceful architecture of the homes surrounding them and wondered about the lives of the people who lived during those times.
Forsyth Park – This park became Savannah’s first recreational park in the 1840s. It was always a pleasure to walk down this tree-lined shady path and walk around gawking at the gorgeous homes.
Perhaps the most well known feature is the large fountain that sits at the north end. The fountain was built in 1858. It resembles a few other fountains found around the world, including fountains found in Paris and Peru.
Visiting Forsyth Park – Forsyth Park is the largest park in the historic district of Savannah Georgia. The Park covers 30 acres of land just south of Gaston Street and north of Park Avenue.
More Info on Savannah’s Historic Squares:
Savannah’s Historic Squares (Savannah.com) – The 22 squares in Savannah today provide locals and visitors alike with a little greenery amid all the businesses and historic houses. At one time there were 24 historic squares, but two were lost due to city development while others, such as Ellis Square, were redesigned and made even more appealing.
Savannah Squares (Visit Historic Savannah) – Savannah Squares are the heart & soul of the city. In fact, the historic district is defined by the limit of the squares. As the squares developed through time, so did the history of Savannah, as the history took place almost entirely around and in the Savannah squares.
Savannah’s Squares (Discover Historic America) – All of our Squares offer a glimpse back into the history of Savannah. Look at the houses and historic buildings, peek your head into one of the homes that offer a tour. It is all part of what makes Savannah great and you owe it to yourself to experience it.
My Spooky Savannah page has info on the haunted nature of these historic squares.
All Malia’s Miles Savannah Pages:
Historic Squares — Bonaventure Cemetery —
Laurel Grove Cemetery — Spooky Savannah —
Wormsloe Historic Site — Skidaway Island State Park —
Fort McAllister State Park — George L. Smith State Park —
Savannah Area RV Parks