“Forsyth Park is the largest park in the historic district of Savannah. The park covers 30 acres of land and is bordered by Gaston St to the north and Whitaker St to the west. The original park was laid out in the 1840s based on a plot of land donated by William Hodgson. In 1851, the 33rd Governor of Georgia, John Forsyth, for whom the park would be named, donated an additional 20 acres to bring the park to its present size. A beloved location for locals and tourists alike, the park’s most recognized feature is a beautiful fountain added at the north end in 1858. Modeled after fountains in Place de la Concorde in Paris and Cusco, Peru, the fountain is popular for site-seeing and, often, weddings.
Picnic in the Park is a long-standing staple event in Forsyth Park and takes place each year at the park’s beautiful concert bandshell. The bandshell, built in 2010 by architect Thomas H. Perdue, is located on the east side of the park, across Drayton St from the Mansion Hotel. Patrons fill the park’s green spaces to hear the Philharmonic and other honored guests, extending all the way back to the tennis courts on the park’s south end and even over to the west side of the park. Be sure to arrive early in order to get a good spot! If you plan to bring a tent for your party, please be aware that they will only be allowed in designated tent areas along Drayton St and the south end of the park. Please look for signage on the day of the event and refer back to this page at a later date for a map of the event.”