Wright Square

Wright Square (HM3SD)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.674', W 81° 5.511'

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This Square, which was laid out in 1733, was originally named for John Percival, Earl of Egmont, who played a large part in founding the Colony of Georgia. Its name was changed around 1763 to Wright Square in honor of James Wright, Royal Governor of the Province of Georgia (1760-1782).

In the Town Hall which was located on the present site of the Chatham County Courthouse, George Whitefield, Church of England Minister at Savannah, preached to large congregations in early Colonial days.

In 1739, Tomo-Chi-Chi, the Chief of the Yamacraw Indians, who befriended the early Georgia Colonists, was buried with ceremony in the center of this Square.General Oglethorpe acting as one of the pallbearers.

The monument to William Washington Gordon (1796-1842) commemorates the founder and first President of Georgia's earliest railroad, the Central Railroad and Banking Company - an enterprise which greatly promoted the economy of this State. Designed by the distinguished architects, Henry Van Brunt and Frank M. Howe, the handsome monument to Gordon symbolizes the progress and prosperity of the world by means of commerce, manufacture, agriculture, and art. It was completed in 1883.
HM NumberHM3SD
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number25-69
Year Placed1958
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 3:52pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491331 N 3549074
Decimal Degrees32.07790000, -81.09185000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.674', W 81° 5.511'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 40.44" N, 81° 5' 30.66" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-98 E President St, Savannah GA 31401, US
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