In addition to her charming squares, the Savannah has beautiful parks in and around the Historic District. Emmet Park and Forsyth Park are two of the largest and most well-known of all Savannah parks.
This lovely park sits on a grassy strip on a bluff overlooking the Savannah River. Emmet Park, which stretches for several blocks, was built as a tribute to Robert Emmet (1778-1803), Irish patriot and orator, and to Savannah’s Irish population.
The historical marker reads:
Savannah's Irish and Robert Emmet Park
Once known as the Strand and later as Irish Green because of its proximity to the Irish residents of Savannah's Old Fort neighborhood, this park was renamed in 1902 for the Irish patriot Robert Emmet (1778-1803) to commemorate the centennial of his death. Emmet, who led an unsuccessful Dublin uprising for Irish independence and was executed for treason, was a hero to Savannah's Irish community. Emmet is best known for the speech in which he asked that his epitaph not be written until "my country takes her place among the nations of the earth." Emmet Park remains an important center of ceremonial congregation for Savannahians of Irish descent.
Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee.
There are several points of interest in or within walking distance of the park including the Harbor Light, which was built in 1852 to help guide vessels around the wrecks of ships sunk by the British in 1779.
For information on the following monuments and memorials in the area, just click on the appropriate links:
This beautiful park, conceived by Savannahian William B. Hodgson, and named for Governor John Forsyth when it was laid out in 1851, consists of 20 acres bordering the historic district, and bounded by Park Avenue, Drayton, Gaston, and Whitaker Streets. The main walkway is highlighted by the famous white fountain, erected in 1859 and restored in 1988 by the city and community residents. The park contains the Fragrant Garden for the Blind, a project of the Savannah Garden Clubs, and two large war memorials:
Today, the lovely park is host to a variety of cultural events including the Savannah Symphony Picnic in the Park, the Savannah Jazz Festival, and the Savannah Shakespeare Festival.