Tour Locations | A Stroll through the Heart of Savannah’s Historical District
Monument for General James Oglethorpe
Walk to the front of the monument in the center of Chippewa Square and stop there.
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This monument is of General James Oglethorpe, the founder of the colony of Savannah in 1733. As you can see, he is in full uniform, sword drawn, facing south towards Florida, protecting us from Spanish Florida, the primary enemy at the time. At his feet is a Palmetto frond, representing the state tree of South Carolina, the Palmetto Tree. This shows us he is protecting South Carolina from the enemy. He is facing south, because an officer in uniform always faces his enemy. The lions at the base of the monument are all holding a crest, one is Oglethorpe's family crest, another for the colony of Savannah, the city of Savannah and the state of Georgia.
General James Oglethorpe was in his mid-thirties when he arrived in 1733, and was here for 10 years. When he returned to England in 1743, the colony consisted of only 6 squares. They continued building according to his plan for well over 100 years, completing all 24 squares. I think it is phenomenal that they continued and completed his original plan for Savannah. After-all, isn't that why you are here?
When you're ready, turn right and then left to continue down Bull St. You should have The Gallery Espresso Coffee cafe across the road on your left.
Cross over East Perry St to the house on the corner, notice the fish downspout. Stop when you get to the house.