It was in 1733 when General James Oglethorpe decided to lay Savannah out in a grid pattern with squares. Originally, the squares were used to practice and drill for the militia, and today they're home to historic structures, fountains, and more.
Nestled just three blocks southwest from the famed Forsyth Park, Calhoun Square was named in honor of John C. Calhoun who served as vice president under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. The Massie Common School House stands overlooking the square, and it was constructed in the Greek Revival style in the mid-1850s. Soldiers used the school as a hospital in 1864, and students were allowed to return the following year. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only remaining building of the state's oldest chartered public school system.
Nestled in the middle of downtown, Columbia Square features a serene fountain and towering oak trees, providing a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. It's named after the popular nickname for the American colonies and is home to the Davenport House Museum. Completed in 1820 by Isaiah Davenport, it's where visitors find experiences centered on a legendary Savannah-centric tale of determination and courage. The home is one of the city's oldest brick structures, and approximately 400,000 people walk through the doors each year.
A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Lafayette Square was named in honor of Marquis de Lafayette, and the Semiquincentenary Fountain stands in its center. Visitors can explore historic structures including the Andrew Low House, which was built in 1849. Tours take place daily and include the formal parlor, dining room, and the Low Library. The home also features one of the city's three remaining original nineteenth-century gardens.
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