On our second day in Savannah, which was a Friday, used the book I'd purchased, A Self-Guided Tour of Savannah by Maryann Jurkofsky, to look around the Historic District. The book was an excellent source of directions and information. It was only $5 on Amazon.com. If you are going to Savannah, I highly recommend getting this book.
Savannah was founded in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe. He planned the city around a series of park-like squares. Of the original 24 squares, 22 remain. Lizzie and I made it our goal to see all 22 of the squares that Friday. We did it, too! We walked through every square. Some were more picturesque than others; some were more historical, some seemed to be just a nice place to sit outside and catch a breeze on a hot Savannah day. They are all beautiful in different ways.
I did not take photos of all 22 squares, but I did take photos of some of my favorites.
There are a couple of other squares that I liked that for some reason I didn't get a photo. One is Madison Square. It has a statue of a man named Jasper. He was a soldier during the Revolutionary War. He died saving the flag during the Siege of Savannah and his monument depicts him clutching the flag in one hand while the other hand is pressed against his mortal wound. Very dramatic. The houses around Madison Square are great, too.
Ellis Square is across the street from City Market. The fun thing about Ellis Square is the statue of Johnny Mercer. Mercer was born in Savannah (and is buried there, too, in Bonaventure Cemetery). He was a well-known singer and songwriter. Think you don't know his songs? You do. He wrote Moon River which won an Academy Award for Best Song from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. He also wrote Jeepers Creepers, Hooray for Hollywood, Come Rain or Come Shine and On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe. Yes, they are all old songs, but you've got to know at least one of those. Hooray for Hollywood? Come on!
Finally, there is Wright Square. I actually do have a photo of this one, but I can't say it was one of my favorites. It sticks in my mind for a couple of reasons, though. The first is that it sits across from the courthouse and back in the day, prisoners were taken to Wright Square to be hung. The big old oak tree that was the hanging tree is still there and is said to be full of dark energy. I wouldn't go near the tree. I just didn't like it. A more positive thing in Wright Square is that there is a monument to Chief Tomochichi who was a friend to General Oglethorpe. Tomochichi is buried in Wright Square. Tomochichi is fun to type and to say. Try it.
That's it for my recap of Savannah's beautiful squares. Talk to y'all tomorrow!