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Chippewa Square was laid out in 1815 in honor of American soldiers killed in the Battle of Chippawa during the War of 1812. In the center of the square is as bronze statue of Georgia founder General James Oglethorpe created by sculptor Daniel Chester French and unveiled in 1910. The "park bench" scene which opens the 1994 film Forrest Gump was filmed on the north side of Chippewa Square. Chippewa Square is also home to First Baptist Church (1833), the Philbrick-Eastman House (1844), and The Savannah Theatre (1818).
It is located at Bull and McDonough, almost in the historic district center. Its name comes from an American victory during the war of 1812 against England. The battle is also known as the "Lobsterbacks" due to the red colour of their tunics.
In this square Forest Gump, chocolate box in hand, is supposed to tell his story. The bench on which he was sitted has been removed and put in a musueum to be protected against the fans of the film.
The most important person of this square is certainly James Edward Oglethorpe (1696 - 1785). In 1733, he settled the first colony in Georgia, in Savannah, with the help of a tribe of Yamacraw indians, led by the chief Tomo-Chi-Chi. Ten years after, he went back to England to answer fiduciary charges brought by one of his men. He was acquitted but never returned to Savannah.
The Historic Savannah Theatre is just beside (222 Bull Street)
As the other squares of Savannah, this square is beautiful with its high oaks.
A perfect place to rest.
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