Columbia Square
Columbia Square
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The city square offers a restored federal house and a luxury inn.
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  • Martha B
    Savannah, Georgia27 contributions
    Handsome Historic Square.
    This square is named after the USA--"Columbia, the gem of the ocean!" Grab a bench and just enjoy. In the middle of the square is the Wormsloe Fountain, in honor of Wormsloe Plantation. an early plantation, off Skidaway Rd. On the western side is the stunning Queen Anne Victorian home built for William Kehoe, who owned an iron foundry in Savannah. Check out all the decoration and trim on the Kehoe, which is now a Bed & Breakfast Inn, and you will see that it is iron. Kehoe was showing off the versatility of iron. In the early 60's, Quarterback Joe Namath purchased the house for a little over $80,000, with the idea that he would turn it into a Playboy Club, but historic preservation was in full swing then and a Playboy Club didn't fit the narrative. Joe sold the house at a profit and moved on. On the south side of the square is the Davenport House, circa 1820, built by a talented carpenter/builder who came from New England to make his fortune. He is credited with building one of the fine examples of Federal Style architecture in the South. Yet he had no training in architecture. The house is known for the beauty of its free-standing cantilevered stairway. On the south side, turning left on York St. is the new Webb Military Museum.
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 21, 2016
  • olasweetmol
    Columbia, South Carolina463 contributions
    Lovely square
    This is one of many beautiful squares in Savannah. It has a small but lovely fountain - apparently, the oldest fountain in Savannah. A nice spot to stop by and take pictures or just rest and enjoy the view.
    Written October 3, 2019
  • Lottelli
    Wirral, United Kingdom2,432 contributions
    Pretty
    We were staying at Kehoe house which is on the corner of this square and so we saw the square every day. It is again a pretty and relaxing square. Fountain and oak trees.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2022
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Lottelli
Wirral, UK2,432 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We were staying at Kehoe house which is on the corner of this square and so we saw the square every day. It is again a pretty and relaxing square. Fountain and oak trees.
Written July 12, 2022
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JNYCwriter
New York City, NY6,856 contributions
Dec 2019
Columbia Square is not as ornate as the others. It is very well maintained and a great place to stroll. There is a lot of history so be sure to read up before you go to the square. There are a lot of very old trees and some great vegetation.
Written December 16, 2019
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olasweetmol
Columbia, SC463 contributions
Sep 2019
This is one of many beautiful squares in Savannah. It has a small but lovely fountain - apparently, the oldest fountain in Savannah. A nice spot to stop by and take pictures or just rest and enjoy the view.
Written October 3, 2019
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Benzman79
Freehold, NJ746 contributions
Aug 2019
We were lucky enough to be staying in front of the square and see the beauty of it daily in a different aspect.
Written August 19, 2019
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HCovik
Atlanta, GA3,299 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Granted it is small, but it is also cute. 3 historic houses line the streets surrounding it, the Isaiah Davenport House, the Abraham Sheftall House and the Kehoe House. The square goes back to 1799. Some impressive live oaks spread their huge muscular limbs while keeping the square cool and inviting. In the center stands the fountain, called the Wormsloe Fountain because it was imported in 1970 from one of Georgia’s earliest settlements, Wormsloe Plantation.
Written June 5, 2019
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71douglasm
Knoxville, TN1,251 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
After touring the Davenport House and before heading back to Bryan Street, we decided to take a short rest in Columbia Square. The foliage was pretty and the benches comfortable.
Written March 24, 2019
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,120 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Columbia Square is one of 22 squares in downtown Savannah, Georgia. It is one of the smallest. And, until recent years, because so many of the squares are located on the east side of the historic center of Savannah, it was one of the most neglected until the mid-20th century when the preservation movement began. Laid out in 1799, on Habersham Street between East State and East York Streets, Columbia Square features some architecturally and historically significant homes, particularly the Isaiah Davenport House at 324 East State Street and the Kehoe House, which is kitty corner from the Davenport House on the north side of the square. The Davenport House was scheduled for demolition in 1955 and it marked the defining moment for the preservationist movement in Savannah. One women, Anna Hunter, gathered her women friends together and they raised enough money to purchase the home and save it. It led to the formation of the Historic Savannah Foundation. The Davenport House is now the headquarters of the foundation and one of several house museums in Savannah. Another significant house is the Abraham Sheftall House at 321 East York Street. It dates to 1818 and was moved to its present location from Elbert Square, which was destroyed to make way for a freeway off-ramp. The Sheftalls were one of the earliest families to settle in Savannah. They arrived in 1733 with a group of German-speaking, Jewish families on the second ship to land in Savannah. The family continues to live in Savannah to this day. The fountain in the center of the square once stood on the Wormsloe Plantation outside the city limits and was moved to Columbia Square in the 1970s.
Written March 8, 2019
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Ghostwalkers
Savannah, GA24 contributions
Nov 2018 • Business
A beautiful square seen best at night when there is less noise and traffic. The fountain in the square is said to be the oldest in Savannah. Thought to have been the original fountain at Wormsloe Plantation, salvaged and restored and put on display in Columbia Square. On this square stands The Isaiah Davenport House and The William Kehoe House Bed and Breakfast. Both haunted by the spirits of children who died there. Many Ghost walks take guests past there, soon to be banned after 10:00 PM by the City.
Written November 12, 2018
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Moved2Texas
Austin, TX2,614 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
We visited Columbia Square while in Savannah. It is a smaller square, one of 22 in downtown Savannah. As with most of the other squares, it is shaded by large live oak trees. It has nice fountain in the middle. The shaded squares in Savannah are a welcome respite from the hot sun during the summer and definitely keep the below grown cooler.
Written August 4, 2018
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tedact
St. Johns, FL2,726 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
In the heat of June, I like to visit the squares with water. It is a peaceful place to enjoy the shade and water.
Written June 23, 2018
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