Top Historic Sites in Savannah | Forsyth Park

2 W Gaston St, Savannah, GA 31401, United States

The beautiful fountain of Forsyth Park is one of Savannah’s most famous icons. Located on the north end of the park, the fountain is one of the most photographed spots in Savannah. Due to the beauty of the fountain and its romantic aura, it is often the site of proposals, engagement photo shoots and weddings.

Lush greenery and Spanish moss-draped live oaks surround the perimeter of the fountain, as well as numerous park benches, so that travelers and locals can sit back, relax and enjoy the majestic charm of the fountain. Though gorgeous, the fountain has a strange history!

About The Park

Forsyth Park is a large city park that occupies 30 acres (0.12 km2) in the historic Savannah district of Georgia. The park is bordered by Gaston Street in the North, Drayton Street in the East, Park Avenue in the South, and Whitaker Street in the West. It includes walking paths, a children’s play area, a Fragrant Garden for the Blind, a large fountain, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer and Frisbee areas, and the Savannah Shamrocks Rugby Club home field. 

From time to time, concerts are held in Forsyth to the benefit of the public. The park was originally built in the 1840s on 10 acres (0.04 km2) of land donated by William5-007. The park was extended in 1851 and named Governor John Forsyth of Georgia. By 1853, all the original planned areas of Savannah had been occupied and a large public park had been added to the extreme south end of the city plan.

This park was anticipated by the plan of General James Oglethorpe and was made possible by a donation of 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land owned by Forsyth.

The Memorial And Fountain

Standing in the middle of Forsyth Park, the Confederate Memorial Statue is surrounded by a pathway. This work of art was donated to the Monroe County Courthouse to commemorate those volunteers who gave their lives to fight for the Confederacy. The memorial is surrounded by a fence to protect it against vandalism. 

The fountain on the north end of the park was added in 1858 and is reminiscent of fountains on the Place de la Concorde in Paris and in Cuzco, Peru. At this time, Parisian urban planning was centered on the development of residential neighborhoods radiating out of the central green space. 

The Parisian model of developing large city parks has been emulated by large cities in the United States, with smaller cities, such as Savannah, asserting their own cosmopolitan image.

The beautiful Savannah, Georgia features these must-see historical sites: 

  • Savannah Historic District 
  • Savannah Victorian Historic District
  • Forsyth Park
  • Juliette Gordon Low Historic District
  • Central of Georgia Railroad: Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities 
  • Central of Georgia Depot and Trainshed
  • John P. Rousakis Riverfront Plaza and Factors Walk
  • City Market
  • Savannah State University 
  • Wormsloe Plantation

And after your visit make sure to stop by the best CBD Store in Savannah, Mary Jane’s CBD Dispensary, on West Victory Drive!

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