Interesting Facts about Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA is a great place to live, a great family town, but also a great touristic destination with an array of different cultural and historical content and places. Savannah is the oldest town in Georgia and therefore has a long, rich, and colorful history.  

While there are some tenets, figures, and events that are famous and known to all, there are always new things, places and facts to discover about Savannah, GA. The city is simply never boring, and it never disappoints.  

Here we have made a list of some fun and interesting, as well as some rarely known facts about the charming city of Savannah, Georgia.

America’s First Planned City

Not only is Savannah the largest and oldest city in the State of Georgia, but it is also the first planned city in the entire United States. The history of Savannah dates back to 1733 when a British General James Edward Oglethorpe came to the area and founded the town of Savannah.

General Oglethorpe came with an already prepared, detailed and extensive plan for the organization of the town. It is known as the “Oglethorpe Plan” and it included a grid of wide streets that were intertwined with numerous public squares and parks.

Savannah Has 22 Squares

The number of public squares in Savanah is truly astonishing, but was is even more interesting and significant is that all of those squares are the original ones from the Oglethorpe Plan, built in the 18th century. There were 24 public squares built according to the first city plan, and 22 of them were preserved and are still standing today.

They are cherished for their beauty and are named in honor of some significant figures or events in Savanah’s history, such as General Oglethorpe himself, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, etc.

The City Was a Christmas Present for President Lincoln

During the Civil War, when Union soldiers were conquering the southern colonies, there was one particular Union general that was wreaking havoc on every southern city he came across, General William Tecumseh Sherman. After burning down Atlanta, it was Savannah’s turn to be destroyed. But as he entered the city he was confronted with it in all its beauty.

Savanah had since its beginnings been one of the most beautiful cities in America, and