There’s no doubt that Savannah is known for its unique architecture, Southern charm, and rich history. Savannah’s documented history began in 1733 when General James Oglethorpe first stepped on Savannah’s soil. He later came up with the idea of laying the city out in a grid system with squares the intended use for the militia to practice and drill.
Now, the squares are icons to The Hostess City and are great spots for walks, games, and special events. Each square is unique with their own history as well as charm. If you are a history and nature enthusiast, Savannah should be high on your list.
With 22 squares today, it’s hard to pick and choose which ones to visit and fully take in the beauty and history of each square. Here are some of our favorite squares that are known for just that.
Chippewa Square was built in 1815. The name “Chippewa” was used to honor the men who fought in the Battle of Chippewa, a battle in the war of 1812. The bus stop scene in Forrest Gump was filmed in Chippewa Square, making it one of the most popular squares for both tourist and locals.
Popular attractions are The James Oglethorpe Statue, The Savannah Theatre, and The Moses Eastman House.
Franklin Square and Franklin Ward were created in 1790, named after Ben Franklin. Savannah’s water tower was in the middle of the square in the 19th century, giving Franklin Square the nickname “Water Tower Square” and “Reservoir Square.”
Franklin Square was later dismembered in 1935 due to the Highway 17 expansion. But in the 1980s, it was restored during the 250th Anniversary of the founding of Georgia. Attractions include The Haitian Monument and First African Baptist Church.
Madison Square was laid in 1837 and is located on Bull and Macon Streets. This square is named after our 4th President, James Madison. Madison Square features a variety of shops, restaurants, and historic architecture. Attractions include the St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Green-Meldrim House, and the Sorrel-Weed House.
Monterey Square was named in honor of a battle in the Mexican American War, Battle of Monterey. This square was created in 1847 and is located at Bull and Wayne Streets. Attractions include The Mercer-Williams House and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Pulaski Monument, and Temple Mickve Israel.
Oglethorpe Square is named after Savannah’s founder, General James Oglethorpe, located on Abercorn Street. Built in 1742, Oglethorpe Square was one of two squares created after James’ returned from England and was a part of the six squares created by James.
Attractions include Presidents’ Quarters Inn, The Moravian Pedestal, and Owens-Thomas House. Oglethorpe Square is also home to Historic Inn.
Created in 1851, Whitefield Square was named after Reverend George Whitefield, the founder of the Bethesda Orphanage. Whitefield Square was also the last square to be created in Savannah. This square is a great venue for events and weddings with a Victorian-era gazebo located in the center of it.
Attractions include the Gazebo and The First Congregational Church.
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