Wright Square’s biggest claim to fame is that it’s considered one of the most haunted places in Savannah. In fact, a few of the ghost tour guides have even nicknamed it the “hanging square.”

It’s a very popular square, so it’s not the best place to go for relaxation. Ghost tour groups crowd the square at night, and it’s common to find members of the homeless community resting there during the day and at night.

Black rectangular sign with "Wright Square" written in white lettering. A monument is visible in the background, lit up against the night sky

Wright Square | Located at Bull Street between State and York streets

Origins of the Square

Originally known as Percival Square, Wright Square was one of the four original squares in the city of Savannah. It was the second one established, following Johnson Square. The square was named after Lord Percival, but it was later changed to honor James Wright, the third royal governor of Georgia.

Notable Structures in Wright Square

Tomo-Chi-Chi was the Native American who assisted General James Oglethorpe when he landed along the banks of the Savannah River in the early 1700s. He acted as a mediator between the natives and settlers, and he had an integral part in Oglethorpe’s founding of the city.

Tomo-Chi-Chi’s Grave Marker is located in the southeast corner of Wright Square. There’s also a historic marker dedicated to him in the center of the square.

At one point in time Tomo-Chi-Chi’s remains were located in the center of the square with a pile of rocks above marking his final resting place. They aren’t there anymore, though…

Bronzer Tomochichi Grave Historic Marker in Wright Square with gold lettering
A large granite stone with an oxidized, oval-shaped historic marker honoring the memory of Tomo-Chi-Chi. A seating area with wooden benches is visible in the background
Close up of an oxidized marker in Wright Square placed in memory of of Tomo-Chi-Chi, the Mico of the Yamacraws

Unfortunately, his “final” resting place was disturbed in order to make way for the William Washington Gordon Monument, which is currently located in the center of the square.

The exact location of Tomochichi’s remains is currently unknown. Like those of many important figures in Savannah, they were “misplaced” over the years.

Mrs. Gordon insisted on having a new granite monument designed to honor Tomochichi, and that monument is currently located on the southeast corner of the square. You can’t miss her husband’s monument, though, since it’s as tall as the beautiful oaks surrounding it. There are four cherubs at the top, with a globe resting on their shoulders.

Two winged cherubs (along with two that aren't visible) hoist a globe against their backs atop the the Gordon monument in Wright Square. A bright blue sky fills the background
The Gordon monument fills the center of Wright Square in Savannah, with four pink-granite pillars that stand as tall as the live oaks surrounding it
The inscription on the William Washington Gordon monument in the center of Wright Square notes he was born in 1796 and died in 1842, and that he was the first president of the Central Railroad and Banking Company of Georgia
The William Washington Gordon Monument is located in Wright Square, but his final resting place is in beautiful Laurel Grove Cemetery. | All photos ©ErinClarkson

Notable Structures Around the Square

The Tomochichi Federal Building and United States Courthouse for the Southern District of Georgia faces the west side of Wright Square. It was constructed in the 1890s and has been featured in many movies filmed in Savannah.

The first burial ground in Savannah was located along the southwestern edge of the square. Check out the historic marker on the wall near XIII West York if you want to read more about the cemetery.

The historic marker for Savannah's First Burying Ground is attached to the wall of a building

A CVS at the corner of Bull and State streets is yet another spot in Savannah with a haunted reputation. Located near the NW corner of the square, it’s where the city’s original wooden courthouse and jail were located.

The jailers would hang convicted criminals from the beautiful live oaks lining the northern end of the square, so that’s how the square’s nickname as the “hanging square” came about.

Favorite Photo Spot

I really love the historic John Schwartz brick building that faces the southeastern corner of the square. It was built in 1890 and makes such a quaint little backdrop for scenic city shots. It looks like it’s straight out of a movie set…

A young couple walks beneath a scenic streetlight at night against the backdrop of an historic brick building

There are plenty of pretty spots to take photos within the square, but it’s a very busy area. You might need to be patient to capture a shot without any people in the background.

Side note, but Wright Square Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in Savannah, and it’s located nearby on W York Street. I highly recommend grabbing a bite to eat at the restaurant while you’re in the area! (Here is their menu.)

Where is Wright Square located?
Address: At Bull Street between State and York streets
Safety Level: Expect panhandling and members of the homeless community
Restrooms: The closest public restrooms are at Ellis Square in City Market

What else is popular in the area?
The Plant Riverside District | 0.7 miles
City Market Savannah | 0.4 miles

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Savannah Historic District map with a yellow star marking Wright Square, which is in the northwestern section of the district. The Savannah First-Timer's Guide logo is placed in white on a navy blue background in the bottom right-hand corner
Wright Square is located in the northwest section of the Historic District (where you see the yellow star on the map). | ©ErinClarkson

Do you have any questions about Wright Square? If so, please ask in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer.