Life in Savannah is a Walk in Forsyth Park

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. 

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Have you taken a walk in Forsyth Park?

Comments 17

  1. Leigh
    Mar 25, 2014

    We did a trip to Savannah a couple of years ago and stayed in a lovely B&B just a stone’s throw away from the park. I came away feeling very impressed with the city and loved all the parks – particularly Forsyth Park. Did you spend any time checking out the cemeteries? That was a history lesson in itself.

    • Dana Carmel
      Mar 26, 2014

      We went to Bonaventure Cemetery although we didn’t take a tour through it. Such a beautiful cemetery.

  2. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    Mar 22, 2014

    I absolutely loved Forsyth Park! This post brought back wonderful memories. I’m really hoping to return to Savannah sometime this year. Thanks for sharing, Dana.

    Happy travels 🙂

    • Dana Carmel
      Mar 24, 2014

      Glad that this post brought back some great memories for you. I definitely hope to return to Savannah sometime soon as well!

  3. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com
    Mar 16, 2014

    So lovely. Maybe because there aren’t a lot of people there? I would love to go places where it’s as quiet and serene.

    • Dana Carmel
      Mar 21, 2014

      Now that you said it, I definitely think the lack of crowds is part of the appeal!

  4. Sarah
    Mar 15, 2014

    Savannah looks beautiful. I haven’t been yet, but I must go!

    • Dana Carmel
      Mar 15, 2014

      You really should visit, Sarah. I doubt that you’ll be disappointed.

  5. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}
    Mar 13, 2014

    Hmmm, I think that they’re oak trees with Spanish moss dripping from them. On the other hand, I’ve never been to Savannah, so I could be completely wrong. In any case, Forsyth Park looks like a place that I’d like to wander around. I’d want to try out that Fragrant Garden, too.

    • Dana Carmel
      Mar 15, 2014

      Not sure about oak trees…they look like willows to me. In any case, you’d love Savannah!

  6. Bianca @itsallbee
    Mar 11, 2014

    Beautiful pictures! I love that fountain. The whole place just looks serene and peaceful. My kind of place.

    • Dana Carmel
      Mar 12, 2014

      Serene and peaceful are the perfect words to describe Forsyth Park!

  7. Mike
    Mar 10, 2014

    I have not been there but wow it’s so beautiful, Dana! Those are oak trees right? I’m terrible treeologist…and flowers and plants, etc. As long as it didn’t offend anyone I would love to have a blindfold on and check out that Fragrant Garden just for the experience of what a blind person would smell, ya know? Good post! 🙂

    • Mike
      Mar 10, 2014

      Oops, just saw Rachel’s comment as I literally clicked Submit. Guess they are willow trees! Funny, that was my first guess too! Duh… 🙂

    • Dana Carmel
      Mar 12, 2014

      I would be curious to do that too, Mike!

  8. Rachel M
    Mar 10, 2014

    Their’s something graceful about the willow trees …

    • Dana Carmel
      Mar 12, 2014

      I agree… I think it’s because they’re so free-flowing.

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