It might be hard to imagine that this small square is in the middle of the downtown streets of Savannah. Its serene fountain and live oak trees create an ambient atmosphere amid the bustle. The fountain in the middle of the square is called the Wormsloe Fountain because it was imported in 1970 from one of Georgia’s earliest settlements, Wormsloe Plantation.
The square was laid out in 1799 and is home to the Isaiah Davenport House and Kehoe House. It was named Columbia Square after the popular nickname for the American colonies – Columbia – that holds poetic significance as the female personification of the United States, but there is also speculation that the name was given to celebrate the founding of the new capital building in the District of Columbia in 1790.
The Davenport House, which sits on the northwest corner of the square, was built in 1820 in the Federal architectural style and across from it on the northeast corner, is the Francis Stone House, which was constructed from 1821 until 1823.
Also on the square is the Abraham Sheftall House, on the southwest corner, which was built in 1818 and the Kehoe House, which was designed by DeWitt Bruyn in the Classic Revival style and erected in 1892.