“What the heck is that thing?!” This might be the phrase most commonly heard in Troup Square, on Habersham Street.
It’s an Armillary Sphere: a model used to track celestial orbits, invented by the Greeks and in use up until the invention of the telescope in the 17th century. The sphere an odd choice for the middle of a square in Savannah, a city which wasn’t even founded until such celestial instruments were obsolete, but it’s pretty cool. Hey, you know where else you can find an Armillary Sphere? Portugal’s flag. No lie.
“What the heck is that thing?!” Of course, other people who utter this phrase in Troup Square might be referring to the doggie drinking fountain, which was moved here from its original location in Forsyth Park. It doesn’t even bother to have spouts for humans, and is the reason some residents refer to this area as “Dog Bone Square”.
Yet another oddity about Troup Square is that it’s the birthplace of Jingle Bells. You know that song, the one that goes, “Dashing through mildly pleasant winters, in a picturesque Victorian district, round the squares we go, drinking from plastic cups all the way”. The Unitarian Universalist Church, on the square’s west side is where James Pierpoint, the brother of the church’s reverend, wrote the famous song. Why he was inspired to write a sleighing song as he gazed out onto snow-less Troup Square is anyone’s guess.
Troup Square is one of Savannah‘s smaller squares, and one of the more recently built, in 1851. It was named after George Troup, the Georgian governor, who received the honor while he was still alive.
January 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm Comments (7)