Forsyth Park is the largest park in the historic district of Savannah Georgia. The Park covers 30 acres of land just south of Gaston Street and north of Park Avenue. The east border of Forsyth Park is Drayton Street and on the west is Whitaker.
For locals and tourists, Forsyth Park is a hub of social interaction. Concerts, recreation sports, people watching, sun bathing, reading, relaxing…can all be seen going on in Forsyth Park depending on when you are there. On Saturdays there is a great farmer’s Market that takes place in Forsyth Park. If you are going to be visiting the historic district of Savannah make sure to plan an hour to head over to Forsyth Park and check it out.
The History of Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park was laid out in the 1840′s. The land for the original space was donated by William Hodgson. In 1851 John Forsyth, the 33rd Governor of Georgia donated an additional 20 acres, bring the total size of Forsyth Park to its present size. The Park was named after him and still retains his name today.
The Forsyth Park Fountain
Perhaps the most well known feature of Forsyth Park is the large fountain that sits at the north end of Forsyth Park. The fountain was built in 1858. It resembles a few other fountains found around the world, including fountains found in Paris and Peru. All around the Forsyth Park Fountain are benches. On any given day you can find many people, especially locals, lounging on the benches, taking in the scenery and great people watching that takes place in this area of the park. Every year on St. Patrick’s Day the city of Savannah dies the water in the fountain green. The ceremony when the water is died is a popular event attended by hundreds, sometimes thousands of local Savannahians.
The Confederate Monument
In 1879 another monument was introduced in Forsyth Park. This monument is the Confederate War Monument in the center of Forsyth Park. The Confederate Monument is a large ornate column with a bronze solider on top. This bronze sculpture was the work of David Richards, who was a sculptor from New York City. The monument is dedicated to all of the men who fought on behalf of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. The location is a fitting place for the monument as many of the men who went off to fight for the South drilled in the park space before being sent to fight.
This monument was not the original monument to be placed here to honor the Confederate soldiers. Originally there were two statues which were named “Judgement” and “Silence” These monuments were not viewed favorably by the people of Savannah and were moved. Today, you can find the “Silence” monument in the area of Laurel Grove Cemetery which is dedicated to the graves of the Confederate soldiers. The “Judgement” statue was moved to a cemetery in Thomasville Georgia.
Forsyth Park Information
Address: Between Drayton and Whitacker Streets (east and west) and Gaston and Park Streets (north and south)
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset | Lighted areas until 11pm
Forsyth Park Photographs
Getting to Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park is located at the southern edge of the Historic District. It is located between Drayton Street on the east and Whitaker and the west. North and south Forsyth Park is bordered by Gaston Street and Park Avenue respectively.
Forsyth Park Articles
Forsyth Park in the Morning
One of the best times to visit Forsyth park is right before sunrise. It is very peaceful in the Park with relatively few visitors.
A Rainy day in Forsyth
There isn’t a bad time to visit Forsyth Park, even after a rain storm. The sidewalks seem to glow, reflecting the light coming through the trees.
The Mermen of Forsyth Park
The detail on the fountain in Forsyth Park is quite incredible. These Mermen are just some of the details you can find in the fountain.