Forsyth Park covers an area of 30 acres and is the largest and oldest park in the tropical savannah. The land in the park was donated by William Brown Hodison in 1840 and was named after the famous Georgian politician and the 33rd Governor of Georgia, John Forsyth. The park’s iconic fountain was built in 1858 and is now one of the most photographed spots on the savannah. The fountain has become a symbol of the savannah, but it is not unique: similar fountains can be found in Paris, Cusco and Perot (actually ordered from the catalog!).
One of the park’s original uses was for Allied soldiers to conduct a military parade before being called to the battlefield, making it a savannah monument to Allied soldiers, so it was selected. Other memorials in the park include Georgia volunteers from the 1931 Hispanic War, local generals Francis S. Bartow and Lafayette McGraw who died in World War 24. Bust of (Lafayette McLaugh).
Forsyth Park also provides a scented garden for the blind, reusing the simulated fortress built for pre-World War I training. There are plenty of shadows and space in the park, overlooking the towering live oaks and pink and white rhododendron bushes.
Visit Forsyth Park, sip coffee at The Sentient Bean, sample a fresh organic lunch at Brighter Day Natural Foods, and visit the Georgia History Museum; visit the Georgia Historical Society research library and former bank vault at Local 11 Midnight Dinner, or visit the only rooftop bar in the trees.
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