Savannah, GA
Savannah, GA - Parks & Monuments



Monument to James Oglethorpe, founder of Savannah
Oglethorpe grew up in England and once served time in prison for killing a man in a brawl.  One of Oglethorpe's friends died in debtor's prison.  He later was elected to Parliament and impressed many of England's elite.  Oglethorpe was appointed to a group of Englishmen who formed the Prison Discipline Committee and they petitioned King George II to give them a charter in the new world for a "Debtor's colony".  King George II signed the charter giving them lands between the Altamaha and Savannah rivers.  Oglethorpe traveled to the colonies and selected a site of what is now the City of Savannah.  It was chosen because of it's good "defensive nature with a bluff overlooking the river".  Oglethorpe did have to fight to defend the city when a force of Spanish and Indians attacked in 1742, but the English colonists were able to fight them off.


World War Monument on Victory Drive, Savannah, GA


Wright Square, Savannah, GA in 1903


Forsyth Park and fountain, Savannah, GA, in 1905


Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, GA
In this city cemetery, many of Savannah's prominent citizens and a Governor are buried there.


Colonial Park, Savannah, GA


Confederate Monument in Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA


The "Waving Girl's" house on Elba Island, Savannah, GA
Savannah's Waving Girl was Florence Martus, she lived in this house with her brother for 40 years.


Forsyth Park Fountain, Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA


Bull Street looking North from Wright Square, Savannah, GA


The Pier at Wormsloe, Savannah, GA
Noble Jones sailed from England to Georgia in 1733 and established Wormsloe Plantation.  He was entrusted with the responsibility of protecting the inland waterway into Savannah from possible attacks by Spanish warships.


Nathaniel Greene Monument, Savannah, GA
This monument was erected in memory of Nathaniel Greene, who was placed in command of the southern forces of the American patriots in the Revolutionary War.  Before Greene, one American commander after another had failed in the war effort and British troops had captured many important colonial towns in the South, including Charleston and Savannah.   Under the command of Greene, forces eventually defeated British General Cornwallis in a series of battles which doomed British hopes in the southern colonies in the war.  Greene was buried in Savannah.  Greene was born a Quaker, but when his interest in military affairs became known, he was turned out of the Quaker faith in 1773.  He entered the American revolutionary war as a militia private, the lowest rank, but rose to be one of Gen. George Washington's most trusted generals.


Jasper Monument and the Masonic Temple, Savannah, GA
American Sgt. William Jasper, in a dramatic moment in the battle of Savannah, grabbed the flag to rally the American troops.  This monument memorializes that moment in the battle.