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.
The Massie Heritage Center is a definite stop on a visit to Savannah, GA. It has a lot of hands on exhibits for children to see the history of Savannah, including, the history of education. The Massie Heritage Center is located at Calhoun Square in the downtown historic district and takes about an hour or two to go through on your own. They do provide tours of the center that provide additional information.
One of the most interesting spots within the Heritage Center is the mock classroom on the second level. The room is setup with desks that would have been used in early times as well as slate boards, McGuffy Readers, and classroom rules. School groups can sign up to have an actual lesson in the classroom. When we visited, my daughter had a great time sitting in the desks, pretending to be the teacher, and checking out the dress up costumes that are located on the side of the room.
Other exhibits on the first floor include a replica of the city of Savannah, showing the layout of the squares, a ships wheel, since shipping was and still is extremely important to the city of Savannah, and replicas of leaders.The annex also contains some hands on exhibits related to the architectural styles that are represented in Savannah.
Overall, the Massie Heritage Center is a great stop when you are visiting Savannah, GA. It has a lot of things that would keep elementary and middle school interested and engaged in learning about history.
Family Vacay received complimentary admission on our trip to Savannah. The opinions are our own. For more information, check our disclosure policy.
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