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Wright Square

kathleen Dupuis - Friday, May 31, 2013
This is our series of blogs on the squares of Savannah.  This is part 2.  If you'd like to start from the beginning, click here.  The second square created was Percival Square after Lord Percival, the man credited with the naming of Georgia.  If you're familiar with Savannah, you know that there is no square named Percival in Savannah and you're thinking I should have my blogging permit revoked.  First, there's no such thing as a blogging permit and secondly, the square was renamed thirty years later after royal governor James Wright.  Before the renaming in 1739, the square became the burial area of Chief Tomochichi.  Tomochichi was instrumental in assisting James Oglethorpe in establishing Savannah.  His negotiation and mediation skills would prove invaluable to English-Native American relations.  He and Oglethorpe became lifelong friends and when he died, Oglethorpe honored him in the square.  

     Approximately 150 years later, Tomochichi's importance in the eyes of Savannahians had waned and his pyramid of stones was removed.  The square would now by a tribute to William Washington Gordon (grandfather of Juliet Gordon-Low, founder of the girl scouts), interestingly the only native of Savannah to receive such an honor.  Gordon was a well-respected politician and businessman serving as Savannah's mayor and later its representative to the state Senate.  In business, he served as the president of a railroad.  Ironically, a year after his death, his company would desecrate a sacred Native American site.  

   The apathy toward Native Americans did not go unnoticed, most notably by Gordon's own widow and daughter-in-law.  The two women were outraged at the treatment of Tomochichi's memory and vowed to make amends.  They asked for granite from the Stone Mountain Monument Company, who offered it to them at no charge.  The ladies refused to accept it for free. The company sent her a bill for an absurdly low amount--some say fifty cents--due on "Judgment Day". Gordon's widow paid the amount promptly, saying she would be occupied with her own affairs on that day. The monument was erected in 1899 and still stands there today.

June Events

kathleen Dupuis - Thursday, May 23, 2013

June Events

Blues, Jazz & BBQ • May 31st-June 2nd

Savannah will be hosting its first Blues, Jazz, and BBQ festival on River Street.  Savannah is already known for its vibrant music scene, but we are also home to some award winning barbecue.  Imagine sitting down over a stack of ribs to the sound of guitar strings being plucked to a soulful melody, punctuated by the visual splash of fireworks lighting up the sky.  Sounds like a good night to me.  Saturday, will feature more fun with when the local hot rods are rolled out for the viewing.  To top it of part of the proceeds will go to Horsin' Around, a local charity that uses horses to increase interaction from special needs individuals. 

Savannah Summer Solstice music festival • June 21st-23rd

Looking for something really casual.  This may be the festival for you.  With music ranging from folk to dubstep; there's something for everyone.  With over 25 bands playing at the 200 acre Red Gate Farms; it will be easy to find something to do.  There will be carnival attractions for the kids, but know that not all bands performing will be appropriate for children so please check the schedule to know when will be the best time for your family to attend. 

Savannah Asian Festival • June 22nd

Number 18 of this annual festival, we are proud to say it is one of Georgia's largest.  There will be all kinds of fun like martial arts demonstrations, live stage performances, cultural displays.  Of course there will also be a ton of yummy Asian food to eat!  There will be a cultural marketplace featuring henna body art, exotic Asian teas, and calligraphy.  Many different Asian countries will have representation at the festival promising a good dose of diversity in things to see and do. 


kathleen Dupuis - Friday, May 17, 2013

For many years, guests of The Olde Savannah Inn were greeted with the wagging tail of Dakotah, part Labrador part concierge.  When Dakotah passed away, the  bed and breakfast mourned the loss, but pressed on.  Recently, Kathleen heard about a sweet beagle that needed her help.  Cooper had been abandoned on the side of the road.  He was found and placed in a shelter, but Cooper's time was rapidly running out.  He had to be adopted or would be put to sleep.  A plea went out to save Cooper's life and people began spreading the word.  Kathleen learned of Cooper's situation through her daughter and decided to spring into action.  She began corresponding with the people in North Carolina where Cooper was being held.  Incidentally, one of the women had stayed at the inn and remembered her.  Working quickly, paperwork and other obstacles were overcome and Cooper had a new lease on life.  Upon entering the inn for the first time, he strode in eager to explore his new home.  Cooper has now taken up where Dakotah left off; welcoming guests and helping them feel like they too are at home.  

Johnson Square in Savannah

kathleen Dupuis - Wednesday, May 08, 2013
One of the things Savannah is best known for is her squares so starting today we'll be doing a blog on a square every month.  We'll start our journey with Savannah's first and biggest square: Johnson Square.  The square was named after longtime friend of General Oglethorpe and Governor of South Carolina, Robert Johnson.  Johnson aided Oglethorpe by providing food and a safe escort to Georgia, but he is most well known for a successful military campaign defending Charleston from pirates.  
Since it was the first, Johnson square served many purposes for the locals.  Many of the essential shops for everyday life were located there including a sundial to tell the time.  The sundial was dedicated to the memory of William Bull (also the namesake of Bull Street).  Bull was another South Carolina resident who assisted in the creation of Savannah.  
Speeches were delivered here by Presidents Washington and Monroe, Daniel Webster, and General Marquis de La Fayette.  News of South Carolina's succession from the Union was also read here.  In the middle of the square is an obelisk dedicated to Nathaniel Greene, ironically the namesake of a neighboring square.  Originally, the obelisk was purely decoration until years later when the Revolutionary War era General's remains were interred there.