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Countdown to Savannah: Monuments, Statues and Fountains

Written by teaberry

In early 2007, we started our official Countdown to Savannah. Each Sunday, we posted a different topic about this special city where we met for our first Great Slow Travel Gathering in Spring 2008.

With 63 posts over 14+ months, we learned a lot about the many facets of this historic, hospitable and intriguing American city. Our weekly posts touched on Savannah's history, famous people, architecture, food, culture, surrounding area and much more. We hope this information acquaints you with Savannah, entices you to visit this historic city, and prepares you for a very memorable trip.

Perfect Backdrop

When I travel, I love to explore the many statues, monuments, and fountains that adorn each town, village, and city. Landmarks such as these always enrich my visits, and can tell a story, commemorate heroes and historical events, recognize civic and humanitarian contributions, or simply just beautify the area. In a town that is well known for its beautifully designed public spaces and park squares, Savannah is the perfect backdrop for admiring its history, stories, talent, and values.

Here are a handful of the many markers that you may discover during your stay in Savannah. Explore, and get inspired and uplifted.

Fountains

  • Lion Fountain in front of the Savannah Cotton Exchange on Bay Street
  • Forsyth Park Fountain
  • Columbia Square fountain - donated from the Wormsloe estate
  • Orleans Square German Memorial Fountain, honors the early German immigrants
  • Lafayette Square the Semiquincentenary Fountain - commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Georgian colony
  • Troup Square Myers Drinking Fountain the fountain for the dogs

Monuments, Statues

  • African American slavery monument Rousakis Plaza River Street
  • Anchor monument to Chatham county seamen River Street at the head of Abercorn
  • Chippewa Square - James Oglethorpe founder of Savannah
  • Crawford Square - Gazebo
  • Emmet Park on East Bay Street - Savannah Irish monument; Beacon Range Light
  • Forsyth Park - The Confederate monument
  • Franklin Square - Chasseurs volontaires de Saint-Domingue completed Oct 2007 tribute to Haitian-American solders who helped the American soldiers and fought during the Siege of Savannah, 1779.
  • Johnson Square - Nathaniel Greene his remains are buried here Revolutionary war hero; Colonel William Bull sundial
  • Liberty Square - Flame of Freedom
  • Madison Square - William Jasper Revolutionary war hero
  • Monterey Square - Kazimierz Pulaski Revolutionary war hero from Poland, and father of the American calvary
  • Morrell Park - Waving Girl, Olympic Games monument
  • Old City Exchange Bell on Bay Street just east of City Hall
  • Oglethorpe bench monument Yamacraw Bluff
  • Reynolds Square - John Wesley early leader of the Methodist movement
  • Troup Square - Armillary sphere
  • Whitefield Square - Gazebo
  • Wright Square - William Washington Gordon mayor of Savannah 18341836; Tomochichi memorial - Indian chief and friend to Oglethorpe

Photo Gallery

A Landmark Photo Gallery

Resources

All About Savannah: Links to many information pages about Savannah (where to eat, where to stay, places of interest, getting around town, and more)


Author: teaberry is a nurse anesthetist who enjoys hiking, gardening, family, traveling, reading, playing piano, art, cooking, and anthropology - not necessarily in that order.


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