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Savannah  

Sundial: 942
State/Province:  Georgia Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude:   32° 42.321' N Longitude: 81° 5.818' W
Location:
  • Located downtown in Chatham Square, Barnard St. & West Gordon St.
 
Description:
  • An 8-inch diameter bronze dial, with the traditional hourglass and wings says "Grow old along with me, the Best is yet to Be", The chapter ring has Roman numerals with hour marks delineated every 15 minutes. The dial sits upon a concrete pillar inscribed to Louis Burke Toomer.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Savannah
  • Chatham Square Sundial
    In memory of
    Louis Burke Toomer
    Registrar of the US Treasury
    1953-1956
    Founder & President Of
    The Carver State Bank
    1947 - 1961
  • Designer: Commercial
  • Builder: Commercial
  • Construction Date: original 1964 - last restoration 2018
 
References: Web Links:
  • Four times last year [2018], a vandal has damaged the Chatham Square Sundial. Each time, members of the Savannah-Chatham Historic Site and Monument Commission have debated how to keep the brass shaft [gnomon] from being pried from its bronze base.

    City workers then go through the process of ordering new parts, repairing the marker. It is a felony to damage monuments.

Last Revised: 2019-04-03-14:32