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A person from Boston is called a pumpkin because apparently even in the 18th century we wouldn’t shut the fuck up about how delicious pumpkins are
Rightfully so! Why the hell would you ever shut up about the deliciousness of pumpkins?
If you feel like cringing yourself to death and crying to sleep for the rest of your life should you miraculously survive the ordeal, you can watch it on youtube
I couldn’t make it two minutes in
Squares, Savannah, GA
The first thing I believe everyone should do when they get to Savannah is to park the car and start walking. The city is perfect for it, with its laid-back and easy southern atmosphere, frequently mild, warmly-humid weather, beautiful shady oak trees dripping Spanish moss, and plentiful pedestrian paths and crosswalks—and the ‘Crown Jewels’ of Savannah are the squares that make up the city itself.
Savannah was designed in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe, and was laid out in similar style to a military camp, built in blocks around four squares intended to provide open space for military practice and drilling. The spacious, organized design was intended both to create gathering points for colonists in defense of the city, and to prevent crippling fires, such as the one that had devastated London in 1666. The layout also allowed for easy expansion, as more squares and more blocks which made up the city’s ‘wards’ were added on as the population increased. In most wards, wide streets that run north-to-south and east-to-west lead directly to the square at the heart.
Each of Savannah’s squares holds a different treasure. A mix of art, history, and culture, the squares tell the story of Savannah itself; from the original four squares that make up the historic district, to the ‘lost’ square reclaimed and rebuilt as recently as 2010.
In Johnson Square – the first to be built – stands a memorial to General Nathanael Greene over his gravesite; along with two fountains and a sundial dedicated to Colonel William Bull, who also gave his name to one of Savannah’s downtown streets. Colonel Bull helped Oglethorpe to establish Savannah, and was the surveyor who originally laid out the city and the square which contains his memorial. Look closely at the sundial, and you’ll find a map of Savannah as it was in 1734, just one year after its founding.
Percival Square was named after Lord Percival, considered responsible for the naming of the Georgia colony. In 1763 it became Wright Square, in honour of Savannah’s last royal governor. Fittingly, Wright Square is also known as Courthouse Square, as its ward contains the courthouse, federal building, and post office. In this square, you will find the grave of Tomochichi, former leader of the Native American Creek nation, who also assisted in the founding of Savannah. You will also find a monument to William Washington Gordon, in place of Tomochichi’s original grave marker – a pyramid of stones in the custom of the Creek people – which was erected in 1883. This is the only monument in the city squares that honours one of its own native Savannah-born citizens. Tomochichi now has a second monument in Wright Square, commissioned by Gordon’s widow in protest at her husband’s displacement of one of Savannah’s founding fathers.
Telfair Square is home to one of the more upscale and fashionable Savannah neighborhoods, and honours not an individual, but an entire family—the only square so dedicated. Among that family’s members are former Governor Edward Telfair, Congressman Thomas Telfair, and Mary Telfair, whose bequest founded Savannah’s Telfair Museum of Art; the first public art museum in the American south. Telfair Square also contains tributes to the Girl Scouts of the USA, a society founded by Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah.
Walk through all 22 of the current city squares, and you’ll learn about the events that shaped Savannah from its founding: Georgia’s venture into the silk trade; a former garden that was home to imported crops such as mulberry, hemp, and indigo, as Georgia sought to find its niche in colonial commerce; monuments to the Moravian missionaries and Methodist founder who proselytized in Savannah; a square lost for nearly 50 years before its restoration and renovation; memorials that show the ‘sister city’ relationship between Savannah and Boston, which persisted even through to the end of the civil war, with Savannah sending ships full of food north to Boston after the final battle and southern surrender; a fountain that represents the ‘poetic personification’ of the United States; a statue referencing the War of 1812 and former enmity between the American colonies and Spanish Florida; memorials to Andrew Jackson and early German immigrants who relocated to Savannah; a fountain commemorating the 250th anniversary of Georgia’s founding as a colony, which stands next to the Roman Catholic Cathedral, and whose waters are dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day; a square dedicated to Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, a French hero of the American Revolution; a grove of majestic live oaks, covered in Spanish moss; authentic cannon from the Savannah Armory placed in honour of the Siege of Savannah; a picturesque monument to the Mexican-American war, surrounded by the same historic buildings originally laid out to surround the square; and the cemetery founded in 1750, which is still home to some of the first citizens of the new city.
In short, when you walk through the Squares of Savannah, you walk through the history and culture of Savannah itself; and it’s a truly beautiful journey to make.
Ugh. I love the shit out of Savannah. I wonder if I can finagle a way to get back by there before I move.
Um, YES! charmingpplincardigans, if you want to take a day trip up when you’re here for dress fittings, I am game!