|Strolling through a Savannah Square|
Jackie Smith photo
Strolling was also a good way for us to justify some of those hefty, mouth-watering meals we were eating. We spent hours wandering through the downtown commercial area and adjoining tree-lined neighborhoods. Yet, we didn't even scratch the surface, making it to only half of the 22 remaining (there were 24) historic squares. These squares, designed originally as gathering places for those whose homes, churches and businesses bordered them, continue to be perfect spots for finding a bench and 'sittin' a spell'. No two squares are alike aside from their lush flower and foliage beds and the dense canopies of massive Spanish moss draped trees.
Two squares became regular pathways for us and in each we were serenaded daily by street musicians. One flutist played an almost haunting background tune and anther sang to no one in particular as he strummed his guitar. They were always in the exact same spot in the exact same square.
One evening en route to The Mansion on Forsyth Park for dinner we cut through a square where Santa was greeting folks, cider was being poured while a baritone sang Christmas tunes to a small gathering of folks.
|Giant oak trees filter sunlight in Savannah's Squares|
Jackie Smith photo 2010
(Note: If you can't make it to Savannah click the 'historic squares' link for a virtual tour of a couple of them. And if you aren't able to stroll, take one of the many guided tours available - horsedrawn carriages or motorized trolleys will take you on a variety of tours from historic mansions the late night ghost seeking).