14 June 2008

40 acres

Ok, now throught the next leg of our journey...

This is Whitefield Square, the city's last, laid out in 1851 and named for Rev. George Whitefield, fourth minister of the colony and founder of the Bethesda Orphanage.
This is Troup Square, laid out in 1851 and named for George Michael Troup, a Governor and US Senator. The decoration seen here is a Armillary Sphere, a device used by ancient astronomers.

The "Jingle Bell Church"
Old Police station and barracks, erected in 1869, and two old police cars out front. I'm not a big car expert, so if someone could help me out on these...?

Memorial to fallen officers

This is Columbia Square, laided out in 1799 and given the poetic name for the US.

Some of the recently restored houses around the square
The Abraham Sheftal house, now headquarters of the Historic Savannah Foundation.
The Kehoe house, built in 1893 for William Kehoe, who owned the local ironworks. It is now a luxury inn.

The Davenport house, built by Isiah Davenport in 1955. This home once deteriorated and became a tenenment. It was then threatened with demolition until seven women raised funds to save and restore it, thus begining the Historic Savannah Foundation.

This is Greene Square, laid out in 1799 and named to honor General Nathaniel Greene, who we will see later.
The Second African Baptist Church, built in 1802. It was here that General Sherman issued Special Field Order 15, also called the 40 acres and a mule order on Jan 16, 1865. Specifically it allowed former slaves near the coast os Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to have 40 acres of their former master's land. The order was later revoked by President Johnson, but its legacy lives on.

This is Crawford Square, laid out in 1841 and named for William Harris Crawford, James Madison's Secretary of the Treasury. It is the only square that is still fenced in.

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