Discover Savannah Ga
Guests of Hamilton-Turner Inn will feel Southern hospitality no matter what they do in and around the Savannah Historic District. Our Savannah GA, bed and breakfast sits on beautiful Lafayette Square, steeped in history and enveloped by romance and relaxation. We offer guests luxury accommodations, friendly service and convenience to the treasures and rich history of our city. From its unparalleled Southern dining and antique shopping to the historic museums and ornate cathedrals, the city promises a true Georgia experience.
Things To Do In Savannah GA
Hamilton-Turner Inn, dating back to 1873, is a rich part of Savannah’s history. Our bed and breakfast sits in the heart of the Savannah Historic District in downtown. The area is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States and offers a number of attractions that reflect the makeup of the oldest city in Georgia.
Beautiful Pulaski Square was laid and named for Casimir Pulaski, a Polish immigrant who came to Savannah to seek a better life and who died a hero in the Seige of Savannah in 1779. He had come at the behest of Benjamin Franklin, who met him in Paris. Franklin convinced him to rise to the cause of liberty in the colonies after it eluded him in his native country. He arrived to fight alongside the French in the Continental army, in an effort to banish the British from the city. He met his end on October 9, 1779 but remained revered by the citizens long after the events that killed him. When it came time to develop this square and ward, they gave them his name. He was further memorialized when a bronze monument was erected in Monterey Square in 1855 and when both a town and a county in Georgia were named after him.
Lafayette Square was laid out in 1837 and is named for Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, who visited Savannah in 1825. The square contains a fountain commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Georgia colony, donated by the Colonial Dames of Georgia in 1984, as well as cobblestone sidewalks. Lafayette Square is located on Abercorn, between Harris and Charlton Streets. Adjacent to the square is the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Given this proximity Lafayette Square features prominently in Savannah’s massive St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Water in the fountain is dyed green for the occasion.
Built in 1790, Washington Square was named for the first President of the United States, who visited Savannah in that year Washington Square had been the site of the Trustees’ Garden. Named for the trustees of Oglethorpe’s colony the garden was the proving ground for a variety of experimental crops—including mulberry (for silkworms), hemp, and indigo. Washington Square is on Houston, between Bryan and Congress Streets. Washington Square was one of only two squares named to honor a then-living person; Troup Square was the other.
Monterey Square was laid out in 1847 and was named to commemorate the capture of the city of Monterrey, Mexico in 1846, by General Zachary Taylor’s American forces. Monterey Square is, arguably, the most well known of the squares today, as it contains the home of Jim Williams of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” fame.
Johnson Square was the first square to be built in Savannah. Johnson Square was planned out in 1733 by General Oglethorpe himself. Only one block away from Bay Street, Johnson Square is one of the most visited Squares in Savannah.
Walking paths, tennis and basketball courts, a children’s play area and café are part of 30 acres in the historic district bordered by Gaston Street on the North, Drayton Street on the East, Park Avenue on the South and Whitaker Street on the West. Concerts are sometimes held here as well.