Forsyth Park in historic Savannah, GA is most notably known by it’s beautiful fountain, which can be seen in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. However, this 30 acre park, is more than one fountain. It is a cultural hub for Savannah, hosting concerts and events, is a great place for walking/jogging, has a playground, tennis courts, and a coffee shop. It also contains a monument, the Confederate Monument which is just down from the fountain. It is a great stop to relax and to let the children run and play on the playground while also taking in a few pieces of history!
The fountain, located on the north end of the park, was modeled after many that can be found in Paris and Peru. It is one of two main attractions within the park itself. It was built in 1858 and every year on St. Patrick’s Day, the water in the fountain is colored green to celebrate!
The Confederate Monument, located just down from the fountain towards the middle of the park, was built in 1879. The monument is dedicated to all the men that fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Prior to heading off to war, the men often drilled on that very site. The Confederate Monument is not the first monument to be placed on the site. Prior, there were two statues called “Judgement” and “Silence”. These statues were not liked by the citizens of Savannah and were moved to two separate locations. Today, the monuments overlook two different cemeteries.
Forsyth Park is accessible via the trolly tours that go through the historic district. On any given day, you will find the park full of people walking their dogs, jogging, and children playing on the playground. They have two playgrounds, one for younger toddlers and one for older children. Sometimes, it’s nice to just stop and let the kids play for a bit to get a break from all the touring and history.