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Forsyth Park

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Forsyth Park Fountain - Savannah, Georgia

Photos by Terri Prepelka

     Hoping to stem Spain's northern advances from Florida, General James City Hall - Savannah, Georgia Oglethorpe and 120 passengers were sent to establish a foothold in the New World, landing on a bluff overlooking the Savannah River in 1733. Offering a new beginning for England's working class, American's 13th colony was named for England's King George II and Savannah became its first city. Known as America's first planned city, Oglethorpe drew out the city in a grid pattern, where wide open streets were mixed with shady public squares and parks. Nearly all of Savannah's original town squares still exist today.
     Forsyth Park is the largest park in Savannah's historic district, covering 30 acres. Named for Governor John Forsyth, the park is a central hub for recreation, concerts, a farm market and everyday relaxation. The Forsyth Park centerpiece dates back to 1858, when the large, two-tiered, 15 foot diameter cast iron fountain was erected. River Boat - Savannah, Georgia Following the French lead of an 1850s urban renovation, Savannah design its own city park. At the time, Savannah was experiencing economic prosperity, making the downtown park a reality. Just a few years later, Savannah would find itself occupied by Civil War and General Sherman's troops. Sherman's devastating march through Georgia was seen as a plan to break the Confederate's will.
     The fountain escaped damage during the Civil War, but vandalism and weathering had taken their toll over the years. The Robinson Iron Works of Alabama completed an award winning restoration of this masterpiece in 1988. The Forsyth Park Fountain remains the main focal point of the park as well as an iconic landmark of the City.

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