Whatever you decide, shopping or squares, City Market is a good starting point.
If you want to get a closer look at the squares you passed the day before, take a walk down Congress Street.
If you prefer some retail therapy, walk down Broughton Street. You will pass by everything from The Paris Market, a charming boutique, to Banana Republic and H&H.
If you decide to explore a few more of Savannah’s squares before leaving City Market, make your way back towards Franklin Square.
Franklin Square is named for Benjamin Franklin, who served as an agent for the colony of Georgia. In this square you will see a memorial honoring Haitian volunteers who fought during the Siege of Savannah and the First African Baptist Church, one of the best historic buildings to visit.
The next square you will pass is Ellis Square, which features open spaces for public concerts and a playful splash pad.
Ellis Square was named after Henry Ellis, the second Royal Governor of the Georgia colony. It was also known as Marketplace Square, as from the 1730s through the 1950s, it served as a center of commerce.
Continuing down Congress Street and you will then come to Savannah’s largest square.
Johnson Square was named for Robert Johnson, colonial governor of South Carolina and a friend of General Oglethorpe. An obelisk in the center of the square serves as a memorial to General Nathanael Greene, the namesake of nearby Greene Square. This square also has two fountains. The Christ Church, on the east side of Johnson Square, was the first church in Savannah.
Next is Reynolds Square. This square is best known for being the square with the Olde Pink House Restaurant & Tavern.
Lower New Square was later renamed for Capt. John Reynolds, governor of Georgia in the mid-1750s. The square contains a bronze statue honoring John Wesley, founder of Methodism. Wesley spent most of his life in England but undertook a mission to Savannah and founded the first Sunday school in America.
If you need to take a little rest, Warren Square is an excellent Square to do so.
There isn’t anything in the square aside from a few benches and a few marvelous old Oak Trees. One house worth checking out is at 24 Habersham. This house was originally built in 1749 in the Federal style of Architecture. This house had a famous houseguest back in 1825 – General Marquis de Lafayette.
Pass Washington Square, and a great place to stop for lunch is at the historic Pirates House.
The Pirates House is located on one of the most historic spots in Georgia, just seven blocks west from where General Oglethorpe landed. It was first opened in 1753 as an inn for seafarers and fast became a meeting point for pirates and sailors. Now you can have a scrumptious lunch or dinner in one of the historic rooms. Before you leave, make your way up the spiral staircase to see all the pirate loot.
After lunch, head towards the river, and you’ll see three historical landmarks.
The Old Harbor Light was erected in 1858 as an aid to navigation of the Savannah River. The light has the appearance of a giant streetlight.
The Olympic Yachting Cauldron commemorates the Olympic yachting events held near Savannah during Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Games in 1996.
The Waving Girl Statue is a tribute to Florence Martus. She is famous for greeting each ship entering the Savannah Harbor, waving to them with a towel by day and with a lamp by night. It is said that from 1887 to 1931, she never missed a ship.
Walk up to E. Bay Street via River Street Access and you will be at The Cotton Exchange and Lion Fountain.
The Savannah Cotton Exchange building was completed in 1887 during the era when Savannah ranked first as a cotton seaport on the Atlantic and second in the world.
In its heyday as a cotton port, over two million bales a year moved through Savannah. The Cotton Exchange was the center of activity in the staple which dominated this city’s economic life before its evolution into a leading industrial seaport.