Chippewa Square is one of the most known squares in all of Savannah, right in the center of everything. Forrest Gump made Chippewa Square famous with its bench scenes, where Forrest waited for the bus. They actually used at least four fiberglass benches while filming these scenes on the square. One of which was donated to the city and moved into the Savannah History Museum.
But this square dates back long before Forrest visited. The Battle of Chippewa was an important skirmish in the War of 1812. This square took its name from this battle. The centerpiece for this beautiful square is a Statue of General James Oglethorpe, the founder of the colony of Georgia. Sculptor Daniel Chester French designed this nine-foot statue. New York architect Henry Bacon designed the pedestal and base of the monument. Bacon also collaborated with French to create the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
Photo captured October 8, 2019.
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