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The Elegant Squares of Savannah
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James Oglethorpe not only founded the city of Savannah and the colony of Georgia, he mandated a plan for the city. It was built of wards, each with a public square, originally four of them, then six, and eventually (following the original plan) twenty four.

These leafy urban parks, with their statues and monuments, huge old trees, colorful flowerbeds and azalea bushes, define the very soul of Savannah. In the mid-twentieth century two were sacrificed to road expansion and one turned into a multi-story parking garage, but the garage is now undergound with a square reborn on top and plans are underway to rebuild the other two.

Almost anything a visitor to Savannah might want to see or do, if it isn't on the riverfront, will be on or close to one of the squares. Just methodically visiting the twenty two extant squares will fill a pleasant day.

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Johnson Square, one of Savannah's loveliest

Johnson Square, one of Savannah's loveliest

Johnson Square was one of the original four Savannah's squares, built in 1733.

Savannah, Georgia

Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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Statue of James Oglethorpe, founder of Savannah

Statue of James Oglethorpe, founder of Savannah

At the center of Oglethorpe Square is a statue of James Oglethorpe, founder of Savannah and the colony of Georgia.

Savannah, Georgia

Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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The Savannah Belles free ferries dock on River Street

The Savannah Belles free ferries dock on River Street

The historic ferries known as the Savannah Belles shuttle across the river to the conference center.

Savannah, Georgia

Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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Lafayette Square, one of 22 squares that define old Savannah

Lafayette Square, one of 22 squares that define old Savannah

Lafayette Square is named for the Marquis de Lafayette who fought on the American side in the Revolution.

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Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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Azaleas in bloom on Oglethorpe Street in old Savannah

Azaleas in bloom on Oglethorpe Street in old Savannah

I was fortunate to catch the end of the azalea bloom in Savannah, a grace-note of beauty in the already lovely squares and streets.

Savannah, Georgia

Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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Tomochichi's Rock in Wright Square

Tomochichi's Rock in Wright Square

This huge boulder of Stone Mountain granite in Wright Square is a grave marker in memory of Tomochichi, the Yamacraw Indian chief who welcomed the original settlers to Savannah.

Savannah, Georgia

Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah

Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah

Although the Presbyterian congregation dates from 1755, the present church is an exact replica of the original built after Savannah's Great Fire of 1889. It is said to be modeled after Sir Christopher Wren's St Martin inthe Fields church in London.

Savannah, Georgia

Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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Savannah College of Art and Design near the Railroad Museum

Savannah College of Art and Design near the Railroad Museum

SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design, occupies 67 mostly historical buildings in downtown Savannah. Its 12,000 students make it the largest college of its kind in the world.

Savannah, Georgia

Date photographed: March 31, 2015
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