City Plan of Savannah


Founded by General James Oglethorpe in 1733, Savannah has the oldest extant city plan (1733-1856) in the U.S. and one of the largest urban registered historic landmark districts in the country. Oglethorpe is credited with designing the plan, although its unusual orthogonal pattern (a repetitive, modular grid of 24 squares) likely was based on a design by his friend Robert Castell, who died in a British debtors' prison before Oglethorpe set sail for America. The city plan has been named a National Historic Civil Engineering landmark, in recognition of its unique artistic achievement and widespread influence on urban planning.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil
Topic(s):Structures
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:General Sherman ended his famous March to the Sea in Savannah on December 24, 1864. Although he had burned many other Confederate cities, including Atlanta, Sherman was so taken by the beauty of Savannah that he telegraphed President Lincoln and presented it to him as a Christmas present.
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