BACKSTORY: Lafayette Square was named for the Marquis de Lafayette, a Frenchman who served as George Washington’s Aide de Camp during the American Revolutionary War. Lafayette visited Savannah in 1825 and was highly regarded by the locals. He later dedicated the monument to Nathanael Greene in Johnson Square. The fountain at the center of the square was installed in 1983 by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Georgia colony. The square also includes the Andrew Low House built in 1849, the childhood home of prize-winning author Flannery O’Connor, and the Hamilton-Turner House, which happens to be my very favorite place to stay when in Savannah. Last but definitely not least, The Cathedral of St. John Baptist is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia. It’s Gothic revival spires can be seen throughout the city.
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