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Savannah Georgia Attractions

Savannah offers so many unique Attractions to see! From the majestic oak trees towering over Squares featuring monuments to Revolutionary War Heroes to the rising Spires of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist -- there's something for everyone to see in beautiful Savannah.

Squares of Savannah
Squares of Savannah
The Squares of Savannah are rightly named the “crown jewels” of the city. Their contribution of historic value and beauty is recognized locally, regionally and nationally.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
This faith congregation dates back to the late 1700s. Today, the Cathedral's twin spires are one of the defining features of the Savannah skyline and inside you'll discover one of the most beautiful churches in the world.
Isaiah Davenport Museum
Isaiah Davenport Museum
The much-heralded preservation efforts of historic homes and buildings in downtown Savannah GA were born in the 1950's when a group of women joined forces to stop the planned demolition of the Isaiah Davenport Home. This federal style house today stands as a testament to those efforts more than a half century ago and also takes us back to the early 19th century for a look into Savannah's past.
Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park
Inspired by the parks in Paris, this large oasis draws locals for recreation and tourists to snap a photo of, perhaps, the most picturesque spot in Savannah.
See You on River Street
The ambiance of Savannah truly emerges from the great expanse of the River Street area. Featuring an eclectic arrangement of notable sights, cookery and other fare, River Street overflows with extraordinary possibilities.
The Telfair Academy
The Telfair Academy
This museum was once one of the finest mansions in 19th century Savannah. Now its one of three museums operated in downtown Savannah under the Telfair Museums organization.
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Come see where the founder of The Girl Scouts was born in the Wayne-Gordon House in downtown Savannah. This historic home was saved from demolition by the Girl Scouts of the USA and today is one of Savannah's finest museums.
Owens-Thomas House Museum
Owens-Thomas House Museum
Residents of this 1819 Savannah mansion were enjoying indoor running water before the President of the United States. Go back in time and see exquisite period furnishings and the cisterns that made this home the most modern private residence in early 19th century America.
Ship's of The Sea Museum
An unrivaled model ship collection featuring ship's relating to Savannah's history. Also enjoy whale tooth carvings and other sailing artifacts.
Old Fort Jackson
Old Fort Jackson
A well preserved military museum built in the years before the War of 1812. Local troops engaged Union forces during The Civil War.
Colonial Park Cemetery
Colonial Park Cemetery
Hundreds of weathered tombstones from the colonial days of Georgia are found beneath the towering oak trees at Colonial Park Cemetery.
First African Baptist Church in Savannah
First African Baptist Church in Savannah
Visit the church with the distinction of being the oldest black congregation in the U.S.A. and where the first black Sunday school was established in North America.

The Squares of Savannah

The Savannah Squares

The Squares of Savannah are rightly named the “crown jewels” of the city. Their contribution of historic value and beauty is recognized locally, regionally and nationally.

Johnson Square

Every Savannah squares list should begin with this one -- the first and original square established by Georgia's founding father, James Edward Oglethorpe.   Today, it is perhaps the most active square with its location in the heart of the downtown business district.

Telfair Square

One of the oldest churches in Savannah and two of the city's finest museums surround Telfair Square. Come discover Trinity Methodist Church, The Jepson Center, Telfair Academy & the lush green space of this square,

Greene Square

General Nathaniel Greene was a Revolutionary War hero in command of all forces in the southern colonies. As one of George Washington's key players, he was instrumental in the the United States achieving independence from Britian.

Franklin Square

This Savannah square was established the same year Benjamin Franklin died (1790). This square is the most northwestern of all and it adjacent to City Market. A monument honoring Hatian immigrants was dedicated in 2007.

Pulaski Square

Count Casimir Pulaski is honored with this square. He sacrificed his life in 1779 during the Siege of Savannah. The monumnet to Pulaski is actually located in Montery Square. Fort Pulaski, the site of a major Civil War Battle, near Tybee Island is also named for Count Pulaski.

Calhoun Square

Savannah's Calhoun Square was laid out in 1851. It is named for John C. Calhoun. Massie School and Wesley Monumental Methodist Church are on this square.

Troup Square

Georgia Governor George Troup is honored with this square, originally created in 1851. At the center is a large Armillary Sphere. It is primarily enjoyd by locals alhtough many tourists enjoy the nearby Firefly Cafe.

Whitfield Square

One of the last of Savannah's squares, Whitefield Square is named for the Rev. George Whitefield, founder of Savannah's Bethesda Orphanage. Whitefield was a friend of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism in America.

Washington Square

President Washington visited Savannah during his first term. In 1791, Washington came to our city and presented two cannons captured from the British. The "Washington Guns" are on display on Bay Street, about one half mile from Washington Square.

Oglethorpe Square

Named for Georgia's founder, Oglethorpe Square is one of the few squares without a monument at the center. It's an open square with lots of grass for tourists to enjoy a picnic or locals to walk their dogs.

Orleans Square

America won The Battle of New Orleans in 1815 and, as a result, the War of 1812 with the British. That same year, on Barnard Street, between Perry & Hull Street, a new square was named to honor this important victory. The square is home to the German Memorial Fountain.

Lafayette Square

Capture picturesque beauty in the heart of Savannah's historic district with a visit to Lafayette Square. Nearby attractions include The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, The Flannery O'Conner Home and the Andrew Low House.

Reynolds Square

One of the earliest squares in Savannah is this one where you will find a statue to John Wesley, who founded the first Sunday School in the United States and is thought of as the founder of the Methodist denomination.

Wright Square

Come to Wright Square to see the burial place of the Yamacraw Indian Chief, Tomo-chi-chi, who befriended General Oglethorpe when he arrived from England to settle the colony of Georgia.

Chippewa Square

This Savannah square features a nine foot tall bronze statue of the founder of Georgia, James Edward Oglethorpe.

Columbia Square

Today Columbia Square is in one of the desirable areas of downtown Savannah. But the square was originally laid out more than 200 years ago when bordellos and taverns made the neighborhood less desirable than it is today.

Madison Square

Discover much history in one of Savannah's earliest squares that gets it's name from James Madison, America's fourth president.

Monterey Square

At the top of everyone's list of things to do in Savannah, a visit to Monterey Square takes you The Mercer House made famous in Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil.

Ellis Square

On any list of Savannah squares, you will find Ellis Square mentioned as one of the original four.  And yet, it is the most modern of all of the squares in Savannah. Find out the fascinating history, destruction and renewal of Savannah's Ellis Square.

Monuments


African American Monument

Find this marble & bronze monument to the African American contributions to Savannah in Rousakis Waterfront Plaza, on scenic River Street. A timeless quote from Maya Angelou is featured on the base of this monument.


Anchor Monument

Over the centuries, Savannah and Chatham County's men have answered the call to serve in war. The Anchor Monument at the intersection of Abercorn & Riverstreet celebrates the lives of all those who who served as seaman in defense of our colony and later our country.


Armillary Sphere

The sundial was once thought to be able to track that days and hours by marking the shadow of the sun as it progressed throughout the day. The Armillary Sphere is located in Troup Square on Habersham Street.

Bacon Light Range

Emmet Park sits atop the Savannah River and is where the Beacon Light Range was built in 1858. These lights guided ships safely in the late 1800s and early 1900s as they traveled up the dark waters at night on approach to Savannah.

Big Duke Bell

The Big Duke Alarm Bell is a memorial to firefighters everywhere. This bell originally was a warning to Savannah residents of a fire in the 1800s.


Button Gwinett Monument

Button Gwinnett was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence from Georgia. His burial site and monument are located in Savannah's Colonial Park Cemetery.



Chatham Artillery

A monument that takes design inspiration from the 101st Airborne Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery was erected in 1986 by the Chatham Artillery. It features a bronze eagle and is in Emmett Park near Bay & Price Streets.

City Exchange Bell

The oldest bell in the state of Georgia hung in the City Exchange Building in downtown Savannah a far back as 1802. This bell still exists today and hangs in a smaller replica of the old bell tower just in front of the City Exchange

Colonel William Bull Sundial

Col. William Bull made great contributions to the founding of Savannah and to the city's layout. He was a trusted officer under Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe. In 1933, a Sundial monument dedicated to Bull was set in Johnson Square (the city's first square).


Confederate Monument

One lone soldier has stood atop the Confederate Monument at the center of Forsyth Park since 1879 to represent the many thousands who died in the American Civil War.

Confederate Busts

Bronze Busts of famous Confederate War Generals Francis Stebbins Bartow and LaFayette McLaws sit at the north and south side of the Confederate Monument in Forsyth Park. These busts oringally were located in Chippewa Square but were moved more than 100 years ago to their present location.

Cotton Exchange Fountain

Cotton was once King of the South and the Cotton Exchange was a thriving, bustling site of commerce. In 1889, the Cotton Exchange Fountain designed with as a winged lion was placed on Bay Street.

Georgia Spanish American War Veterans Memorial

A number of Georgia men participated in the Spanish American War. A monument commemorating their distinctive contribution was built in 1931 and sits at the south side of Forsyth Park at the intersection of Bull Street and Park Avenue.

Gordon Monument

At the center of Wright Square is a monument to William Washington Gordon and the first railroad in Georgia.

Greene Monument

Johnson Square was the originall square in Savannah. It's also the site of a monument to the 2nd in command to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Nathaniel Greene fought numerous battles in the southern colonies and has been dubbed "The Savior of the South."

Irish Monument

Irish immigrants played an important role and made many contributions to the history of Savannah. This heritage was formalized in 1983 when a Celtic Cross was set in Emmett Park.

Jasper Monument

In 1888 this monument was establised to celebrate Sergeant William Jasper, who heroically gave his life in 1779 defending America against the British. At fifteen feet tall, it's one of the larger Revolutionary War Monuments in Savannah. It's located at the center of Madison Square.

John Wesley Monument

The founder of the Methodist denomination was John Wesley, who visited Savannah in 1736. He lived on the periphery of Reynolds Square, the site of the monument dedicated in 1969 to his honor.

Marine Corps Monument

At its dedication in 1947, the Marines Monument was to commemorate the USMC soldiers killed in World War II. Since that time, names have been added to honor Marines from Savannah who died in the Korea and Vietnam conflicts.

Morovian Marker

Morovians were part of Savannah fron 1735-1740 and they ventured to the colony to form a mission with the native Indian population. They fled the colony after War with Spain broke out but their contributions are timeless. A marker was dedicated in Oglethorpe Square in 1933.

Nathanial Greene Monument

Morovians were part of Savannah fron 1735-1740 and they ventured to the colony to form a mission with the native Indian population. They fled the colony after War with Spain broke out but their contributions are timeless. A marker was dedicated in Oglethorpe Square in 1933.

Oglethorpe Monument

The man most responsible for Savannah is General James Edward Oglethorpe and in 1910 a monument was unveiled in Chippewa Square showing our founder in a heroic pose in full military dress.

Olympics Torch

The Olympic Flame burned in Savannah for two weeks in the summer of 1996. While Atlanta was the host city for the Summer Olympics that year, Savannah was the host site for the Yachting Competion. At the time, it was the first instance of the flame burning in two venues at once. The Olympic Torch Monument sits in Morrell Park on River Street and was dedicated just after the Olympics ended.

Police Officers Monument

The Savannah Police Department Headquarters sits on the corner of Oglethorpe and Habersham Streets. In the median of Oglethorpe Ave. sits a monument to fallen police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Pulaski Monument

Count Casimir Pulaski was a lover and defender of liberty. The Lithuanian born military leader gave his life in 1779 during the Siege of Savannah. A 55 ft. tall Italian marble monument featuring Pulaski is located at the center of Madison Square. A intricte restoration project of the monument was completed in 2001.

Salzburger Monument

The Salburgers were one of the early immigrant group to arrive in the Colony of Georgia. Less than a year after the founding of Savannah, the Salzburgers arrived although they eventually settled permentaly in Ebenezer, GA. From their group and descendants would arise the first Governor of Georgia after the United States won its independence. The Salzburger Monument was a gift from Austria in 1996 and its located along Bay Street.

Semiquincentenary Fountain

Savannah was founded in 1733 and on the 250th Celebration in 1983, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America donated a three-tiered, verde antique, cast iron fountain to the city. It was placed in the center of Layfayette Square.

St. Andrews Monument

In the median of Oglethorpe Avenue at Bull Street sits a small monument to celebrates the Scottish forbears of the St. Andrews Society chapter in Savannah. It is one of the many Savannah monuments to celebrate various immigrant ethnic groups that made Savannah so vibrant.

Washington Guns

Two Cannons that General George Washington captured from the British in the Battle of Yorktown are on display on Bay Street. America's Revolutionary War Hero and first President, George Washington presented these as a gift to the Chatham Artillery militia company of Savannah in 1791.

Waving Girl Monument

For nearly fifty years, a woman would come to the banks of the Savannah River to waive at the sailors arriving on ships in Savannah. That woman was Florence Margaret Martus and she's immortalized in a bronze statue along the Savannah River (on River Street).

Memorials


Vietnam Veteran's Memorial

You'll find Savannah tribute to the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War in Emmet Park. A stroll along Bay Street will take you past this memorial and many others. It was dedicated in 1991.





German Memorial Fountain

At the center of Orleans square is a five foot cast iron fountait that celebrates the earliest German immigrants to the colony of Georgia. The memorial was dedicated in Savannah in 1989.





Hussars Memorial

During The Siege of Savannah, the city was defended by the Georgia Hussars. In the battle a British canon was captured and now sits in Emmet Park as a memorial to the mounted rangers that General Oglethorpe had established decades earlier to defend Savannah.





Jewish Cemetery Marker

After Savannah was established in 1733, General Oglethrope alloted land to the Jewish immigrants who moved to the colony. A cemetery marker is located in the median of Oglethorpe Avenue showing the exact spot of this original plot.





Oglethorpe Memorial Bench

This commemorative bench was set in 1906 on Yamacraw Bluff to celebrate the exact spot General Oglethorpe landed at Savannah in 1733. It was dedicated by the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames of America.





Tomochichi Memorial Marker

General Oglethorpe found a loyal friend in the native Cherokee Indian Chief Tomochichi upon his arrival in 1733. The two remained friends until Tomochichi's death in 1739. The memorial plaque reads "In memory of Tom-o-chi-chi. The mico of the Yamacraws, The Companion of Oglethorpe, and the Friend and Ally of the Colony of Georgia"





Victory Drive War Memorial

In celebration of America's victory in World War I, a granite stone memorial with incription was set in Daffin Park and a number of Palmetto Trees were planted in the center of the Victory Drive Boulevard to honor all you died in "The Great War."