Forrest Gump sit-by-me statue - Port Wentworth, Georgia
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Quick Description: The 2020-2021 COVID-19 pandemic was [hopefully] beginning to wane on the day I passed through Georgia and stopped at the Welcome Center in Port Wentworth. Who was there to greet visitors? None other than Forrest Gump.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/20/2021 12:04:00 PM
Waymark Code: WM148YZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
The 2020-2021 COVID-19 pandemic was [hopefully] beginning to wane on the mid-April day I passed through Georgia and stopped at the Welcome Center in Port Wentworth. Who was there to greet visitors? None other than Forrest Gump himself. Well, his statue on a replica of the famous bus stop movie scene bench. It was installed as part of the facility's 2015-2017 renovations.

To quote the Roadside America website - "Covid is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." We were both masked up for health and safety as we sat to chat!

Chippewa Square

Savannah is known for its tree-lined squares, which break up the grid that the city is set upon. Each has a different name and focal point, but Chippewa Square is one of the most well-known. Located at the intersections of Bull and McDonough streets, the square was designed in 1815 and commemorates a battle in the War of 1812. A statue of General Oglethorpe sits in the middle, but it’s the ["Forrest Gump"] film history that brings visitors. Forrest’s iconic bench scene took place here, but the bench is now housed in the Savannah History Museum. A fun fact is that traffic on the square had to be reversed for the bus to pick up Forrest on the iconic bench.

Source: Explore Georgia

The welcome center is located on I-95 South two miles south of the South Carolina state line at Mile Marker 111. The center is open 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM daily for information services. Restrooms are open daily 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. The facility is closed for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Location description: Georgia Visitor Information Center concourse - Port Wentworth (Savannah)

Statue's Subject: Forrest Gump

Artist: The displays inside the center were created through a public-private partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau and Visit Savannah.

Visit Instructions:
Photo of the statue with person sitting on bench next to the statue, standing next to the statue or other-wise interacting appropriately with the statue(face of person does not need to show, gps does not need to be in photo).
Extra credit for having fun!!!

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