Savannah’s unique squares in the Historic District can easily be considered one of the city’s most alluring aspects. There originally were 24 squares in Savannah dating back to the 19th century, but two of the squares were lost as the city opted for new developments. Today, Savannah boasts 22 beautiful squares, each unique in its own way. Here are five of our favorites.
Crawford Square is the only square that has a basketball court as well as a gazebo. Another feature exclusive to this square is that it still has a part of its fence around it. Crawford is the closest to a city park that you’ll get with Savannah’s squares, and you can find it at Houston and East McDonough streets.
Johnson is Savannah’s oldest – and largest – square. It’s a block from City Hall, and it’s surrounded by some of Savannah’s best buildings, including the Christ Church Episcopal, as well as several banks. You’ll find Johnson Square at Bull and Saint Julian streets.
Ellis Square was restored in 2010, and it has the benefit of being the city’s most modern square. Here, you’ll find a fountain with shooting water, a life-sized chess set, and picnic tables to enjoy a meal. Ellis also has the benefit of being the busiest square with its close proximity to City Market. This square is located at Barnard and West Congress streets.
Chippewa may be Savannah’s most recognizable square, thanks to Forrest Gump. The classic film used the north end of the square for the bus stop scenes. It also helps that Chippewa Square is situated in the heart of the Historic District and features a statue of Savannah’s founder, General James Oglethorpe. You’ll find Chippewa at Bull and East McDonough streets.
Don’t be surprised if you witness a wedding as you’re making your way to Whitefield Square. It’s an extremely popular place for ceremonies, and rightfully so as its surrounded by beautiful azaleas. In the middle of the square is where you’ll see the main draw: a gorgeous gazebo. Whitefield Square is located at Habersham and East Wayne streets.
These are only five of the city’s 22 squares. Visit them all when you stay in Savannah!