Savannah's Historic District

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Virtual Tour of Bryan and Congress Street Historic Squares

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Welcome to Beautiful Savannah Georgia and the historic district squares

Quantum Tour is proud to bring to you the Savannah Georgia historic district.

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.

Below you will see a description of each square in this set.

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About Washington Square

Considered by many to be Savannah's most beautiful garden square, with slate walkways bordered with indigenous shrubs and a colorful array of flowering plants underneath moss draped oaks in the spring of the year, Washington Square hosts many outside weddings, occasionally the bride to be being delivered to this well appointed square by horse drawn carriage. Developed in 1790 at approximately the same time that Warren Square was also laid out, Washington Square bordered Trustees Garden in the early years and was also known as Eastern Common in spite of being named in honor of General George Washington, our first President.

About Warren Square

Between both Warren Square and Washington Square lying due east, architectural buffs and historic townhouse sightseers will find some of the oldest homes in the historic district along St. Julian St. Warren Square, originally laid out in 1791, was named for General Joseph Warren, President of the Third Provincial Congress. General Warren was later killed in the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill. Lying west of the square is a city parking garage that covers two Trust Lots. The Spencer House, also built in 1791, on the west side of the square, underwent a total restoration in the 1980's.

About Reynolds Square

This square flanked by several renowned Bed and Breakfast establishments as well as being in close proximity to the Pink House Restaurant was originally called Lower New Square. This square was home to the Filature, where silk was woven from silkworm cocoons during the colony's failed experiment to establish the silk industry in Georgia. The square is named for Captain John Reynolds, governor of Georgia in 1754. A prominent statue of the founder of the Methodist Church in England, Rev. John Wesley, was erected here in Reynolds Square in 1969 by the Methodists in the state of Georgia.

About Johnson Square

Citizens of Savannah have come to refer to Johnson Square as the "banking square", due to the many regional and national banks that surround this square, making it a major bustling destination for historic district businesses. This square is named for Governor Robert Johnson of South Carolina who befriended the colonists when Georgia was first settled. It was laid out by Gen. Oglethorpe and by Colonel William Bull in 1733, and was the very first of Savannah's squares. In early colonial days the public stores, the house for strangers, the church, and the public bake oven stood on the trustee lots around it. Events of historical interest are associated with Johnson Square. Here in 1735, Chekilli, head Chief of the Creek Nation, recited the origin myth of the Creeks. In 1737, the Rev. John Wesley, after futile efforts to bring to trial certain indictments against him growing out of his ministry at Savannah, posted a public notice in this square that he intended to return to England. The Declaration of Independence was read here to an enthusiastic audience, August 10, 1776. In 1819, a ball was given for President James Monroe in a pavilion erected in the square. Eminent men who have spoken here include the Marquis de Lafayette, (1825); Henry Clay 1847); and Daniel Webster (1848). Beneath the Nathanial Greene monument rest the remains of the famous Revolutionary general and his son.

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