Life in Savannah is a Walk in Forsyth Park
For me, my visit to Savannah wouldn’t have been complete without taking a stroll in Forsyth Park. Ever since seeing photos of the park’s white fountain with water sprouting from every which way, I knew that I had to see it for myself.
Located in Savannah’s historic district and founded in 1853, Forsyth Park is a 10-acre plot named for former Georgia Governor John Forsyth. The park includes a 21-acre Park Extension that was added in 1867 to function as a military parade ground. Dummy forts were built on the extension grounds around 1909 for training during WWI.
Today, Forsyth features a café, walking paths, a Fragrant Garden for the blind, tennis and basketball courts, and wide open spaces. Occasionally, the park is used as a concert venue.
Here are a few images from my walk in the park…
This Confederate Memorial was donated by the Monroe County Courthouse to honor the volunteers who fought for the Confederacy. I’ll leave my snarky Confederate comments to myself (this time).
This is a bust of Francis S. Bartow, an attorney, politician, and colonel in the Georgia Militia who was killed at the First Battle of Manassas, making him the first brigade commander of the Confederate States Army to die in combat.
And then, there was the fountain…
Apart from the fountain, the best part of Forsyth Park is its willow trees which are a signature throughout beautiful Savannah…
*Correction: Oak trees draped in Spanish moss vs. willow trees. How does one tell the difference? I’m really not sure. But thanks to everyone who’s pointed out that these are the former and not the latter.