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Lower New Square was laid out in 1734 and was later renamed for Capt. John Reynolds, governor of Georgia in the mid-1750s. The square contains a bronze statue by Marshall Daugherty honoring John Wesley, founder of Methodism. Wesley spent most of his life in England but undertook a mission to Savannah (1735–1738), during which time he founded the first Sunday school in America. The statue was installed in 1969 on the spot where Wesley's home is believed to have stood. The statue is intended to show Wesley preaching out-of-doors as he did when leading services for Native Americans, a practice which angered church elders who believed that the Gospel should only be preached inside the church building.Reynolds Square was the site of the Filature, which housed silkworms as part of an early—and unsuccessful—attempt to establish a silk industry in the Georgia colony.
Mapped out in 1734 as Lower New Square, the square was renamed for John Reynolds, first Royal Governor of Georgia.
A statue was erected in 1979, for John Wesley who founded the Baptist Church (look at the brass plate below).
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Georgia hears about the Declaration of Independenc
On August 10, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was first read to Georgians in a house beside this square. It is named Reynolds Square in honor of the first Royal Governor of Georgia.
In the center of the square is this statue of the Rev John Wesley who accompanied Oglethorpe from England. Wesley was one of the first rectors of Christ Church in Savannah and the founder of Methodism. While Wesley was great in many ways, his stay in Savannah was less than stellar. According to local legend he became unpopular with his parishoners becausee he walked around recording the "sins" they were committing and then reported them to the congregation on Sunday. He also had an unsuccessful romance with a Miss Sophy Hopkey and at one point refused her the Eucharist. But he went back to England and seems to have gotten his act together.
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