Forsyth Park is the largest park in the historic district of Savannah Georgia. The Park covers 30 acres of land just south of Gaston Street and north of Park Avenue. The east border of Forsyth Park is Drayton Street and on the west is Whitaker. For locals and tourists, Forsyth Park is a hub of social interaction. Concerts, recreation sports, people watching, sun bathing, reading, relaxing...can all be seen going on in Forsyth Park depending on when you are there. On Saturdays there is a great farmer's Market that takes place in Forsyth Park. If you are going to be visiting the historic district of Savannah make sure to plan an hour to head over to Forsyth Park and check it out.
The Forsyth Park Fountain
Perhaps the most well known feature of Forsyth Park is the large fountain that sits at the north end of Forsyth Park. The fountain was built in 1858. It has been remodeled several times, the latest being in 1988. It resembles a few other fountains found around the world, including fountains found in Paris and Peru. All around the Forsyth Park Fountain are benches. On any given day you can find many people, especially locals, lounging on the benches, taking in the scenery and great people watching that takes place in this area of the park. Every year on St. Patrick's Day the city of Savannah dyes the water in the fountain green. The ceremony when the water is dyed is a popular event attended by hundreds, sometimes thousands of local Savannahians.
The History of Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park was laid out in the 1840's. The land for the original space was donated by William Hodgson. In 1851 John Forsyth, the 33rd Governor of Georgia donated an additional 20 acres, bring the total size of Forsyth Park to its present size. The Park was named after him and still retains his name today.
The Confederate Monument
In 1879 another monument was introduced in Forsyth Park. This monument is the Confederate War Monument in the center of Forsyth Park. The Confederate Monument is a large ornate column with a bronze soldier on top. This bronze sculpture was the work of David Richards, who was a sculptor from New York City. The monument is dedicated to all of the men who fought on behalf of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. The location is a fitting place for the monument as many of the men who went off to fight for the South drilled in Forsyth Park before being sent to fight. This monument was not the original monument to be placed here to honor the Confederate soldiers. Originally there were two statues which were named "Judgement" and "Silence" These monuments were not viewed favorably by the people of Savannah and were moved. Today, you can find the "Silence" monument in the area of Laurel Grove Cemetery which is dedicated to the graves of the Confederate soldiers. The "Judgement" statue was moved to a cemetery in Thomasville Georgia.
Forsyth Park at night
Forsyth Park is a beautiful place to visit after the sun goes down. Savannah often lights up the fountain, making a lightshow with water and light beams dancing across the fountain. Keep in mind that Forsyth Park closes after dark, with the lighted areas staying open until 11pm. As always, it is recommended that if you go into Forsyth Park after dark that you always have someone with you.
Getting to Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park is located at the southern edge of the Historic District. It is located between Drayton Street on the east and Whitaker and the west. North and south Forsyth Park is bordered by Gaston Street and Park Avenue respectively.