Savannah is full of historic sites, beautiful cobblestone streets, and oak trees sprinkled with Spanish moss. The picturesque city is known for its delicious cuisine and sweet southern style. Along with the fantastic food and stunning scenery, the picturesque city also offers quaint and grand squares. Savannah has numerous squares and our favorite is Oglethorpe Square. The President’s Quarters Inn is nestled on this charming square, making it the perfect place to stay. Oglethorpe Square is only one of many squares that you will have the opportunity to enjoy while staying in Savannah. One that you do not want to miss is Chippewa Square. Here are a few things to know about Chippewa Square.
Chippewa Square, bisecting Bull Street, was built well after the Revolution in approximately 1815. The name of the square commemorates the 1814 victory of the Battle of Chippewa in Upper Canada where the American forces under the command of Major General Jacobs Jenning Brown defeated the British. The sculpture in the middle of the square, however, is not of Brown but of James Oglethorpe, the founder of the Georgia Colony. This stunning Daniel Chester French-designed statue was completed and placed in the square in 1910 and still stands today.
The Independent Presbyterian Church, which was built in 1817, is the defining monument of the square. What makes the Church unique is that it occupies tithing lots, rather than a trust lot. Two buildings of historical importance also surround the square. The first is the First Baptist Church, which was designed and built in 1833 with a later renovation in 1922. The second one is the Philbrick-Eastman House, which was designed by Charles Cluskey in 1844. This home was owned and occupied by several prominent Savannah families, including the Hulls and the Barrows. Both of these historic sites are wonderful places to tour and learn more about Savannah’s rich history.
The best part about Chippewa Square is the benches that are scattered throughout it. Spend the afternoon strolling through the square and enjoy a moment or two of peace as you relax on one of the benches. Chippewa Square is also home to the scenes in Forrest Gump where Tom Hanks sat on the bench waiting for the bus. The bench itself, however, is no longer located on this Chippewa Square.
Not only is Chippewa Square surrounded by beautiful historic buildings but also by delicious restaurants. The Public Kitchen & Bar is a great place to stop and grab a bite to eat. If you are looking for a cup of Joe, head over to the Gallery Espresso and enjoy an espresso and baked good.
While reading about Chippewa Square and all the wonderful things Savannah has to offer, don’t forget to find a place to stay. The Presidents’ Quarters Inn is located on the beautiful Oglethorpe Square and is located near Chippewa Square. This Savannah boutique hotel offers 16 different rooms, all named after former Presidents of the United States who visited Georgia’s first city. Every morning you stay, you can expect a gourmet breakfast prepared to order. For more information on the Presidents’ Quarters Inn and the city itself, you can request your Savannah vacation guide today!
Photo courtesy David McSpadden