calhoun square, savannah ga

Calhoun Square


Why You Should Go

This square was named for John C. Calhoun,“the Great Orator of the South,” and laid out in 1851. Calhoun was a South Carolina native who served as vice president, secretary of state and secretary of war. The square is home to many beautiful homes built in the Greek Revival style.

  • Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church is on Calhoun Square and is considered to be one of the most beautiful Methodist churches in the South. Built in 1868 as a memorial to John Wesley and his brother Charles, the Gothic Revival church was inspired by Queen’s Kirk in Amsterdam, Holland. John Wesley is revered as the founder of the Methodist Church; however few remember that his brother Charles Wesley wrote the words to nearly 6,000 Christian hymns, including the classic “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Because funds were raised to build the church from all over the world, the iconic structure is said to be the home church of all Methodists.
  • Massie Heritage Center – The center was established following the death of Peter Massie in 1841. He left a bequest of $5,000 for the establishment of a school for the poor in Savannah. The Massie School is Georgia’s oldest in continuous operation, having operated as a public school until 1974 and now serving as a resource center for living history. The center’s collection includes a variety of period costumes and exhibits on state and local history, as well as on historic preservation. An outstanding example of Greek Revival architecture, the building itself was completed in 1856 and dedicated to the education of poor children. It remains an architectural treasure, with period features such as a gable roof, wooden cupola and cornice, and a unique connecting passageway.

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