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15 Minutes Away on Foot: LaFayette Square

August 8, 2011

This week, we highlight LaFayette Square, constructed in 1837 (the same year as Madison Square) and named for Marquis de LaFayette. Like many of Savannah’s squares, the fountain in the center of the square commemorates something other than LaFayette – in this case, the fountain, constructed in 1984, commemorates the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Georgia colony. The fountain was donated by the Colonial Dames of Georgia.

The LaFayette Square Fountain. Photo by Author.

LaFayette Square is a fairly “airy” square – with plenty of lush green grass to settle down on a blanket for a picnic among the cathedral’s shadow, or to curl up with a book on one of the squares benches. Historic trees are present in Lafayette Square, providing some much needed shade. The airyness of the square, and its proximity to the cathedral makes it an extremely popular spot for families to watch the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Properties of note on LaFayette Square include: The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the Andrew Low House, the Flannery O’Connor Birthplace, and Carpe Vas – a coffee shop.

Getting to Madison Square from the Catherine Ward House Inn by foot is very easy. From door to door, it takes about 10-14 minutes to walk between the two.

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