Chippewa Square

Alright, Savannah, what’s going on here? The obelisk in honor of Nathanial Greene isn’t in Greene Square, as might be assumed, but Johnson. The statue of James Oglethorpe isn’t in Oglethorpe Square, but in the middle of Chippewa Square. And although Chippewa Square is named after the Battle of Chippawa, the name is misspelled ever-so-slightly. Are you trying to confuse us? Or are you just confused yourself?

Chippewa Square Savannah

Regardless, Chippewa is one of Savannah’s most impressive squares, thanks mainly to the statue of Oglethorpe. The colony’s founder strikes an imposing figure, with his sword drawn and facing South, toward his hated enemy Spanish Florida. The statue was erected in 1910, and is the work of Daniel Chester French, who was also responsible for the Lincoln Memorial in DC.

James Oglethorpe Statue Savannah

There’s a lot to see around Chippewa Square, including the Savannah Theater which opened in 1818 and has welcomed stars such as W.C. Fields, Oscar Wilde and Tyrone Powers. This is the oldest still-active theater in the USA. And on the square’s western side is the First Baptist Church, which is Savannah’s oldest standing place of worship, built in Greek Revival style in 1833.

But what am I doing describing Chippewa Square? You’ve already seen it. Everyone has. The opening sequence of Forrest Gump was filmed here, where Forrest sits on a bench and eats from his box o’ chocolates. Gump-fans who journey to Savannah are always surprised to learn that there is actually no bench here. It was just a prop for the film, and can now be found in the Savannah History Museum.

  • Chippewa Square Lion Savannah
  • Square of Chippewa Savannah
  • Savannah Theater
  • Church at Chippewa Square Savannah
  • Old Stone Stairs Savannah Squares
  • Mansion at Chippewa Square
  • Beautiful Outdoor Lights Savannah
  • Savannah Square
  • Christmas Tree Savannah Squares
  • Statue Tour Savannah Squares
  • Black Iron Fence Savannah
  • Old buildings Savannah
  • Chippewa Square Forrest Gump Spot
  • Fence With Icicle Savannah
  • Frozen Boy Fountain Savnnah
  • Savannah Mansions at Squares
  • Lions Mouth Statue
  • Shield holding lion statue
  • Oglethorpe Close Up Statue
  • Oglethorpe Christmas Statue
  • Statue of Oglethorpe  in Savannah
  • Southern Architecture Savannah Georgia
  • Stone Bench Design Details
  • Savannah Column Architecture
  • Red Brick Stone House Savannah
  • Lady Statue Savannah
  • Iron Work Savannah
  • Old Street Lights Savannah
  • House with copper roof Savannah
  • Savannah Theater Old Fashion Display
  • Christmas Decoration Savannah
  • Cute Street in Savannah
  • Fish Water Sprout Savannah
  • Christmas Door Decoration with wreath in Savannah
  • Sunny Savannah Winter Day
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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Avatar of Dave

    Great job of capturing the details! One of my fave squares.

  2. Avatar of Shanna

    I used to walk down to this square about once a week after grabbing some carry-out at Angel’s. Seeing these pics makes me want to move back down to Savannah, even with icicles hanging from the fountains.

  3. Avatar of Marsha

    I loved Chippewa Square! And yes, I was so confused by the naming of the squares but what wonderful green, communal spaces. Your posts are making me miss Savannah, so much!

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