One of the many lovely squares that are so much a part of Savannah’s history and charm, Chippewa Square, was established in 1815 as a tribute to the Battle of Chippewa in the War of 1812. Its location in the heart of Savannah’s historic district made it a popular social spot then and now.
A detailed statue of General James Oglethorpe stands in the center of the square, honoring the man who founded Georgia in 1733.
Oglethorpe is known for his benevolence toward others, especially the Yamacraw Indians, who were the first inhabitants of the area. Tomochichi, the leader of their tribe, and Oglethorpe were fast friends and it is because of that relationship that the early settlers were welcomed by the Indians. Oglethorpe wished to create a utopian society where people of all kinds lived together peacefully, and where neighborhoods centered around public squares. After more than two centuries, his plan and the squares are still intact and a significant part of the Savannah atmosphere and beauty. You will also find the Tomochichi Monument here.