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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Savannah's Squares

Savannah was laid out in 1733 around 4 squares. Today, there are 22 squares filled with monuments and benches to enjoy the greenery. The squares are in a grid.

Wright Square was the 2nd square established in Savannah. A monument to William Washington Gordon, founder and president of the Central of Georgia Railroad, is located in Wright Square. This was built over Tomo-Chi-Chi’s gravesite. Gordon's widow felt so bad that she had a granite boulder installed in the square to commemorate Tomo Chi Chi, Chief of the Yamacraw Indians and friend and ally to Jame Oglethorpe and the first Georgia colonists.

Chippewa Square, one of the larger squares, was laid out in 1815. The bench where Forest Gump enjoyed his box of chocolates was placed here for the filming of the movie. His bench can now be found in the Savannah Visitors Center.

Oglethorpe's monument is located in Chippewa Square and not in Oglethorpe Square. Oglethorpe was the founder of Savannah and the colony of Georgia.

Madison Square is named for James Madison but in the center of the square is a monument of Sgt. William Jasper, a soldier in the Siege of Savannah who, though mortally wounded, heroically recovered his company's banner.

Monterey Square is said to be the most picturesque. 

In Monterey Square, there is a monument honoring General Pulaski, a general in the Continental Army, who died at the Battle of Savannah.

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