Designed in 1734, Lower New Square was renamed to Reynolds Square by the governor of Georgia in the mid-1750s: Captain John Reynolds. He wasn’t very popular and people say that the celebration of his arrival to the colony was rivaled only by his departure. A bronze statue in honor of John Wesley has been the emblematic figure of the Methodism movement. He spent most of his life in England until he decided to start a mission in Savannah (1735-1738). At that point, he founded the first Sunday School in America. The statue, installed in 1969, intended to represent Wesley while preaching the same way as he did when he led services for Native Americans. This caused disagreements because some of the church’s attendees considered that preaching should just happen inside of a church and not outside.
Reynolds Square was the site of the Filature that housed silkworms as part of an attempt to develop the silk industry in the colony of Georgia.
Over the years, the square has become an economical source that brings more locals and tourists to its surrounding shops and restaurants. Great examples are The Lucas Theater, Leopold’s Ice Cream, Savannah College of Art and The Olde Pink House. The options are endless and depending on the weather, it might be worth to spend an entire day visiting, going from place to place and exploring its rich history, especially when it's architecture-related.
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