Everything You Need to Know About Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is full of historic sites, beautiful cobblestone streets, and oak trees sprinkled with Spanish moss. As you walk around downtown, you’ll stroll by square after square. Presidents’ Quarters Inn is found right next to Oglethorpe Square, but there are many more to discover! Head over to Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia, during your trip. It has an incredible history, and a classic movie was even filmed there! Discover even more of our favorite things to do and see when you access our complimentary Vacation Guide.

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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

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 most prominent feature of Chippewa Square is the stunning statue of General James Oglethorpe, the man 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 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, the First Baptist Church, and the Philbrick-Eastman House. Each of these buildings was designed and built in the 1800s, so you know you are surrounded by history while you enjoy the Chippewa Square.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Have you ever heard of the movie Forest Gump? The park bench scenes from this award-winning film 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, played by Tom Hanks, sits on this park bench for about 80% of the film as he tells his 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. The famous bench has become a valuable pop-cultural artifact.

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courtyard entranceNow that you know about one of the most iconic squares in Savannah, it’s time to book your trip! Make sure you bring your camera so you can snap photos of the famous Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia. Start planning your stay by browsing our accommodations. We pride ourselves on having some of the largest and nicest rooms out of anywhere in the city. Plus, we have complimentary, first come, first served parking on premises and other incredible amenities. We look forward to seeing you!