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Chippewa Square

chippewa square, Savannah, Georgia 31401 USA

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Chippewa Square

Savannah City Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Savannah
Flexible; trolley pass valid for 2 consecutive days
From $27

Savannah River Cruise and Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Savannah
Flexible
From $56

Savannah Haunted Trolley Tour and 2-day Hop-on Hop-off Pass

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Hop-on hop-off trolley pass: valid for 2 days; <br />Haunted trolley tour: 1.5 hours
From $65
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Open Now
Fri 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“home of the famous bench from Forrest Gump”

Chippewa Square was laid out in 1815 and named in honor of American soldiers killed in the Battle of Chippawa during the War of 1812. (The spelling "Chippewa" is correct in reference to this square.) In the center of the square is a bronze statue of Georgia founder General James Oglethorpe created by sculptor Daniel Chester French and unveiled in 1910. Oglethorpe faces south, toward Georgia's one-time enemy in Spanish Florida, and his sword is drawn. Busts of Confederate figures Francis Stebbins Bartow and Lafayette McLaws were moved from Chippewa Square to Forsyth Park to make room for the Oglethorpe monument. Due to the location of the monument, Savannahians sometimes refer to this as Oglethorpe Square, although the actual Oglethorpe Square sits just to the northeast. The "park bench" scene which opens the 1994 film Forrest Gump was filmed on the north side of Chippewa Square. The bench was a fiberglass prop, rather than one of the park's actual benches. A prop bench used in the film is on display at the Savannah Visitors Center. Chippewa Square is located on Bull, between Hull and Perry Streets. Chippewa Square is also home to First Baptist Church (1833), the Philbrick-Eastman House (1844),and the The Savannah Theatre (1818).

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Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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June 01, 2016
Rated 3.0

Yeah it's cool to see where Forrest Gump was filmed, but the square is tiny, and obviously, the bench is no longer there, which makes getting a good photo op kinda hard. FYI, though, the bench is located at the Savannah history museum!

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Lydia Z

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June 01, 2016
Rated 5.0

Savannah is dotted with beautiful, green squares every couple of blocks if you look. They're all beautiful and within walking distance generally. Bench is no longer there but still a very beautiful little spot to check off your list when walking/biking Savannah. My friends were super envious.

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Braddrum

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September 15, 2015
Rated 5.0

Really enjoyed visiting this movie location, Savannah is a beautiful town and seeing this just made it even better!

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LindaTurnerYork

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May 18, 2015

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Chippewa Square

chippewa square
Savannah, Georgia
31401 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
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