Harris and Charlton Street Squares

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Virtual Tour of Harris and Charlton Street Squares

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Welcome to Beautiful Savannah Georgia and the historic district squares

Quantum Tour is proud to bring to you the historic squares in Savannah Georgia

Savannah's layout was designed by James Edward Oglethorpe and brought with him and 114 settlers from england in 1733. His design laid out the City of Savannah in a grid pattern with lots being given to colonists and additional areas for public buildings. The squares were to be used by residents to socialize and hold meetings in. Each square in Savannah has a historic theme and it's own quaint beauty.

This historic squares tour consists of five seperate tours according to their location between steeets on the North and South sides in order to keep the amount of quick links to a usable minimum. You can jump from one square to another using the flashing icons. Businesses and locations that are participating in this project can also be accessed using flashing icons you will see in the panoramic scenes.

About Pulaski Square

Pulaski Square is located on Barnard Street between Harris and Charlton Streets and was laid out in 1837. This square was named for Count Casimir Pulaski, historic Savannah's adopted foreign son who was the highest ranking foreign officer to die in the American Revolution. Additional monuments to Pulaski can be found throughout the historic district. The red brick Jewish Education Alliance building on the East side of the square is now a dormitory for the Savannah College of Art and Design. The house on the Northwest corner of Barnard and Harris is new housing, completed in 1993. The house across from it is the 1839 house of Francis Bartow, a Confederate hero. It is now several apartments.

About Madison Square

Madison Square was laid out in 1839 and is named for the fourth president of the United States. Around the Square stand notable examples of the Greek revival, Gothic, and Romanesque architecture characteristic of nineteenth century Savannah. Lying to the west are St. John's Church (Episcopal), 1853, and the Green-Meldrim mansion, 1861, (Gen. W. T. Sherman's headquarters). To the north is the Francis Sorrel Residence, 1840, which was visited by Gen. Robert E. Lee in 1862 when he commanded the Confederate coastal defenses in this area. To the east is the Jewett house, erected 1842. The DeSoto Hilton was built in the 1960's after the original Desoto Hotel was torn down. The Savannah Volunteer Guards' Armory of a later period, are, like the original DeSoto in the Romanesque style typical of their designer William G. Preston, of Boston. The central bronze monument in the center of Madison Square commemorates the heroism of Sergeant William Jasper (2nd Continental Regt. of South Carolina) who was mortally wounded, October 9, 1779, a short distance northwest of this marker (noted in section 4 - 6 on the points of interest map), in the unsuccessful assault by the American and French forces upon the British lines, which ran immediately to the north of this Square.

About The Girl Scout Headquarters

The first Girl Scout Headquarters was originally the carriage house for Juliette Low's adult home and is found on Drayton St. just east of Madison Square. This headquarters was used by The Girl Scouts from 1912 to 1985 when the council moved to Bull Street.

About Lafayette Square

Lafayette square, located on Abercorn Street between Charlton and Harris Streets was laid out in 1837. Until 1846, the City jail was located here; but when it was moved, Andrew Low purchased some of the land and built in 1849 what we now refer to as the Andrew Low House. This house, on the West side of the square, is next to the Battersby-Hartridge House, the only Charleston style house in the City. The Hamilton Turner House is also on this square as is the Flannery O'Connor House. This home is where the renowned Georgia author lived as a child. It is open to the public. On the North side of the square is the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and its school buildings. A well done renovation of three side by side four story buildings face the square from the southeast corner which houses the Suites on Lafayette, self catered accommodations that serve as alternative lodgings to Bed and Breakfast Inns in the historic district. Lafayette Square was named after the Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington's aide in colonial America's war for independence. The Marquis visited Savannah in 1825 and spoke to the cheering crowd from the balcony of the previously mentioned Owens - Thomas house located on the square.

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