Walking Through Savannah Squares

The Hamilton-Turner Inn on Lafayette Square, Savannah.  June 24, 2008.

The Hamilton-Turner Inn on Lafayette Square, Savannah. June 24, 2008.

After Betsy and I left the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, we had a little time to walk around a couple of the squares nearby.

The Cathedral is on Lafayette Square, which is named for the Marquis de Lafayette, the Frenchman who served as George Washington’s aide de camp during the Revolution.  Until 1846 the Savannah City Jail was located beside this square.  In 1983 the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America installed a fountain in the center of this square commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of Georgia.

The Hamilton-Turner Inn, built in 1873, faces Lafayette Square, as does the home of Georgia’s prize-winning 20th century author Flannery O’Connor.

We then walked along Macon Street, which contains some beautiful row houses, to Troup Square.

Troup Square is named for George Michael Troup, a native of the region who served as a Congressman, a Senator, and the Governor of Georgia.  Troup Square is smaller than most of the other squares and is made even more unique by its Victorian armillary.

The Unitarian Universalist Church (built in 1851) is on this square.  The organist and choir director of this church, James Pierpont, wrote the song “Jingle Bells”.

To see more of our walk through these Savannah squares click HERE.

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