State and York Street Squares

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Virtual Tour of State and York 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.

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About Telfair Square

Named St. John's Square at it's original inception, Telfair Square was later re-named to honor Georgia Governor Edward Telfair as well as the Telfair family property overlooking this square. Today, the Telfair Museum complex is a major point of interest that dominates this square. This is one of the few historic district squares to officially have its name changed (change took place in 1833) after the original name was initiated. Telfair square, the western most square on the second line of squares running north to south is strategically placed in the historic district, being in close proximity to the many boutiques shops and restaurants on Broughton St. and just a few more steps further bringing our guests to bustling City Market with it's many tourist attractions.

About Wright Square

This Square, which was laid out in 1733, was originally named for John Percival, Earl of Egmont, who played a large part in founding the colony of Georgia. Its name was changed around 1763 to Wright Square in honor of James Wright, royal governor of the province of Georgia (1760-1782). In the Town Hall which was located on the present site of the Chatham County courthouse George Whitefield, Church of England minister at Savannah, preached to large congregations in early colonial days. In 1739 Tomo-Chi-Chi, the Chief of the Yamacraw Indians who befriended the early Georgia colonists was buried with ceremony in the center of this Square, Gen. Oglethorpe acting as one of the pallbearers. The monument to William Washington Gordon (1796-1842) commemorates the founder and first president of Georgia's earliest railroad, the Central Railroad and Banking Company - an enterprise which greatly promoted the economy of this State. Designed by the distinguished architects, Henry Van Brunt and Frank M. Howe, the handsome monument to Gordon symbolizes the progress and prosperity of the world by means of commerce, manufacture, agriculture, and art. It was completed in 1883.

About Oglethorpe Square

Oglethorpe Square is situated on Abercorn St. between State St. and York St. It was originally laid out in 1742 and honors General Oglethorpe, the founder of historic Savannah. Overlooking this square is the Owens -Thomas House, designed by William Jay and built 1816-1819. This lovely house is considered one of the finest examples of English Regency Architecture in America.

About Columbia Square

Columbia Square features the "Wormsloe Fountain," added to the square in 1970 to honor the DeRenne family. Items of interest on this square include the Davenport House, saved in 1955 when seven local women started a movement that later became the Historic Savannah Foundation. This was Savannah's eastern limit when the city was walled between 1757 and 1790. A fountain from Wormsloe Plantation sits in the center. This square was laid out in the year of 1799. It marked the eastern boundary of Savannah from 1757 to 1759. It formerly had Bethesda Gate, one of six city gates, placed on it. The fountain is located in the center of the square. Located on the square is The Isaiah Davenport House Museum, perhaps the most significant structure in Savannah, as it launched the historic preservation effort that revived the city.

About Greene Square

Greene Square was named for General Nathaniel Greene, who served in the American Revolution. An aide to General Washington, he was a resident of Savannah and had a plantation at Mulberry Grove. He died there of sunstroke at age 44. In the same location, Eli Whitney and Greene's wife invented the cotton gin. Both Nathaniel Greene and his son are buried in Johnson Square. On the southwest corner, the Meyerhoff house is built of Savannah Gray Brick and a sign on the house notes that these bricks were made at the Hermitage Plantation. The Second African Baptist Church, dating to 1802 is on the west side of the square. At this church, Sherman made his famous "Forty Acres and a Mule" promise to the newly freed slaves. Also on this square is the 1801 wooden building that was the Savannah Female Orphan Asylum Square.

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