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Savannah’s Johnson Square

May 25, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Johnson SquareSavannah’s Johnson Square is one of the twenty-four squares in Savannah that make it such a great city to visit. You walk around, and look everywhere – visual overload, happily processed, no shortage of green space OR beauty here in this great city, y’all.

From our Inn, walk only 9/10 of a mile to historic River Street and meander through all the city streets. Put your tourist tennies (Read: Walking Shoes) at the top of your pack list, because we are starting y’all on a walking tour – beginning, of course, with the BIGGEST square.

Where is Johnson Square?

Johnson Square just happens to be the FIRST square laid out in 1733 when the city planners were scheming for what has turned into a prosperous and thriving city full of life and fun (especially for visitors like YOU). Walk north on Bull Street (that central street which divides Savannah, east from west) and find Johnson square nestled nicely between Bryan and Congress Streets. It’s the last square you’ll hit before the River.

What Happens at Johnson Square?

What once was the location for colonials to do their bread baking is now the center around which the bankers of Savannah flock to do their daily tasks. Seriously, to prevent fires, ovens were centralized in those early days. And residents DO work in Savannah, sometimes.

Are There Ghosts in Johnson Square?

For those history buffs and all y’all that LOVE ghost stories – you might find it interesting to know that the monumental obelisk at Johnson Square is constructed atop the eternal resting place of General Nathanael Greene and his son, George Washington Greene. In case you’re wondering, that monument stands about 50 feet tall.

Ok, I Want To Visit Johnson Square – Anything Else I Should Know?

You can usually find a local artist selling prints, which are perfect souvenirs, on the north side of the square which is named after a colonial governor from South Carolina, Robert Johnson. In addition to that tall obelisk at Johnson Square, there are two fountains and an accurate bronze and marble sundial – perfect backdrops for your next vacation photo. Come see it for yourself …23 more squares and days worth of fun to go – good thing we start all our guests with a deliciously nourishing gourmet Southern breakfast!

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

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