Whether you are a dedicated history buff or love a pleasant afternoon of people-watching, a visit to Oglethorpe Square in Savannah is a great way to enjoy a Southern day. The square is one of the oldest in the city and named for Savannah’s founder, General James Oglethorpe. It is also surrounded by some exciting historic points of interest. Make sure to spend some time there during your next vacation in Savannah, Georgia.
Discover the secrets of Oglethorpe Square in Savannah
The History of Oglethorpe Square
Oglethorpe Square in Savannah was laid out in 1742. At that time, it was called the Upper New Square. It was renamed after Oglethorpe later, along with several of the streets that bisect or encircle it. After the Revolutionary War, King Street became Presidents Street, Prince Street became State Street, and Duke Street took the name Congress Street. Instead of holding on to their past as a British Colony, the city’s independent residents chose to display their local and patriotic pride.
What You’ll See at Oglethorpe Square in Savannah
When you visit Oglethorpe Square in Savannah, the charming setting is sure to leave its mark on you. Unlike some other popular squares of Savannah, there are no monuments in Oglethorpe Square. There is, however, a large pillar in the northeastern section that will catch your eye. This is the Marker of Memory, placed there in commemoration of the Moravian colonists. They were part of a Protestant sect from Germany who settled here as missionaries before the Revolutionary War.
While in the square, a couple of other notable historic buildings will be within your eyesight. One is the Owens-Thomas House. Located at 124 Abercorn Street, its majestic columns and stunning entrance always make an impression. Completed in 1819, the house is one of the last examples of Regency Style architecture in Savannah. It is now listed as National Historic Landmark and functions as a house museum.
Spend an Amazing Vacation at Presidents’ Quarters Inn
During your day at Oglethorpe Square in Savannah, the other major historic landmark you will see is our own Presidents’ Quarters Inn. The two 19th Century, Federal-style homes that now comprise our bed and breakfast are great places to retire after a day of leisure at the square. With a blend of antique and modern furnishings, exceptional amenities, and gourmet breakfast prepared to order, our stunning grounds are the perfect place to unwind!
Our inn features 16 unique, historic rooms, each one named for a United States President who has visited Savannah. Browse our suites and reserve your favorite today. Then, look forward to being engulfed in historic Southern luxury on your next getaway to iconic Savannah, Georgia!
Book your stay today and enjoy a lovely day in the sun in gorgeous Savannah!