Franklin Ward
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1853 Detail of Franklin Ward


Franklin Ward was laid out in 1791 as part of the first expansion of the city of Savannah. To fit in the area allocated for it in the West Common, the width of the ward was reduced, resulting in a narrow Oglethorpe plan formula, complete with a central square, trust lots and tything lots.


Franklin Ward and Square honor Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American statesman, philosopher, and agent for the Colony of Georgia (1768-1775). In the 19th century the square was also called Water Tank Square, after the old city water tank that occupied it.

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