In the 1840's, William Brown Hodgson (1801-1871) conceived the idea of setting aside ten acres of wooded land at this site for development of Savannah's first recreational park. It was named for former Georgia Governor John Forsyth (1780-1841). William Bischoff created the original landscape design. In the early 1850's improvements to the park included the removal of some pines for walkways and ornamental plantings, benches, and iron fencing around the perimeter. In 1854, the fountain and radiating walks were added to the north end of the Park. The fountain was modeled after the fountains found in Place de la Concorde in Cuzco, Peru. Originally created as a military parade ground, the twenty-one-acre Park Extension was added in 1867. The dummy forts were built circa 1909 and used for training during World War I.
More photos of Forsyth Park will be ahead.
Photo captured October 8, 2019.
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