On February 12, 1733, when James Oglethorpe, Georgia's founder, and his initial band of colonists landed on the coast, they founded Savannah, a city they named for the Savannah River, a local waterway. In planning the state's first city, Oglethorpe carefully drew out a grid for the city streets, a pattern that used 24 park-like squares.
To increase cultural awareness and make the city the "Hostess City of the South", Savannah boasts numerous attractions. Particularly interesting for history buffs is the city's Victorian District, one of the nation's largest collections of that period's architecture. Also of interest are the Green-Meldrim House and the family home of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. Highlighted in John Berendt's national bestselling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the Mercer House on Monterey Square has also become one of the city's most recognized homes.