One of the Beautiful Squares of Savannah: Chippewa Square

squares-of-savannahBuilt in 1815 in Savannah, Georgia is the historic Chippewa Square. The site commemorates the victory of the Battle of Chippewa, when America defeated the British in Canada in 1814, and is both a beautiful and educational place to visit. With a rich war history and a feature in a major blockbuster, the site has something for everyone to enjoy. When visiting the area, be sure to check out Chippewa Square to learn more about the history of Savannah and of America as a whole.

Explore Chippewa Square

As one of the most iconic squares of Savannah, Chippewa Square is a beloved landmark by city locals and visitors. Plus, when you stay at Presidents’ Quarters Inn in Savannah, you’ll be just a few steps away from its extraordinary beauty. Here are a few things you need to know about this Savannah landmark.

History

The prominent feature of Chippewa Square is the stunning statue of General James Oglethorpe, who founded Savannah in 1733 and designed the city as a series of neighborhoods centered around 24 squares. Situated in the center of Chippewa Square, the sculpture of General Oglethorpe was was completed by Daniel Chester and was placed in the square in 1910. Guests are welcome to admire its impeccable craftsmanship and read about its historic importance while strolling through the area.

Other notable monuments on the square are the Independent Presbyterian Church, which was built in 1817, the First Baptist Church which was designed and built in 1833 and renovated in 1922, and 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.

Movie Fame

The park bench scenes from the award-winning film Forrest Gump make Chippewa one of the most famous squares of Savannah. In the opening shot of the movie, a feather floats high above the trees, sweeps past the Independent Presbyterian Church, and makes its way to Chippewa Square, eventually landing at the base of a park bench. Forrest (Tom Hanks) sits on this park bench for about 80% of the film telling his life story. The bench that Hanks sat on was actually a movie prop that is now in the Savannah History Museum, but the location of the bench for the movie in Chippewa Square is still a popular spot for photographs.

The film ended up earning over $677 million worldwide during its run, and garnered multiple awards and nominations, including Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and People’s Choice Awards, and the famous bench in Chippewa Square has become a valuable pop-cultural artifact.

Stay at Presidents’ Quarters Inn

Now that you know about one of the most iconic squares in Savannah, it’s time to book your trip – and remember to bring a camera! To learn even more about this historic Southern city, be sure to stay at one of our stunning rooms or suites. Our beautiful bed and breakfast commemorates past leaders of America and will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, especially after a visit to Chippewa Square! For more information on things to do in Savannah, download our free vacation guide.

Photos: Ken Lund, Flickr | Jennifer Morrow, Flickr