Named after Georgia Governor John Forsyth, Forsyth Park has been a staple in Savannah’s historic district since the 1840’s. The park covers 30 acres of land and features walking paths, a café, a children’s area, tennis and basketball courts, and more. It’s also just a few blocks from a number of famous attractions including the Owens-Thomas House, Chippewa Square, and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The next time you stay at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn, take a trip to Forsyth Park and see what makes this Savannah park so special.
How to Spend an Afternoon at Forsyth Park
The Forsyth Park Fountain: Built in 1858, Forsyth Fountain is the centerpiece of the park and resembles fountains that are often found in Paris and Peru. It’s surrounded by benches and is a great place to sit, relax, and take in the scenery. For those with children, there are two great playgrounds just a few steps away from the fountain, as well as a spay area great for cooling off on hot days. If you’re in Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day, check out the Greening of the Fountain ceremony and watch as the fountain’s water is dyed bright, festive green.
Confederate Monument: The Confederate War Monument at Forsyth Park is a large ornate column with a bronze soldier on top. The sculpture was built in 1879 by David Richards, a sculptor from New York City. Situated in the center of the park, the monument is dedicated to all of the men who fought on behalf of the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
Fragrant Garden: Another fascinating attraction in Forsyth Park is the Fragrant Garden. Specially designed for the blind, this walled garden is filled with the refreshing scent of blooming flowers and has plaques with captions written in Braille.
Events & Festivals
Forsyth Park also serves as a venue for some of the city’s most beloved events. The Forsyth Farmer’s Market is held almost every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a great place to find locally-grown produce, plants, and other food products in the summer. Park-goers can also attend a variety of annual festivals including the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival in April and the Savannah Jazz Festival in September.
After you visit the park, stop by Forsyth Café and grab a bite to eat. Guests can enjoy breakfast items like bagels and croissants as well as freshly-ground roasted coffee and organic flavored teas. If you’re popping in for lunch, try one of the signature café sandwiches, a grilled panini, or a fresh green salad. This restaurant is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your four-legged friends along!
Come Home to the Presidents’ Quarters Inn!
Less than a 10-minute drive from Forsyth Park, our Savannah bed and breakfast is the perfect place to unwind after a fun day outdoors. You can enjoy a selection of afternoon cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, then head up to one of our beautiful rooms or suites to rest. The next morning, join us for breakfast in the courtyard and tell us all about your adventures. We can’t wait see what you discover in Forsyth Park!