Oglethorpe and Tomochichi

Overlooking historic Yamacraw Bluff, at the location where James Oglethorpe first pitched his tent, participants begin a walking tour that introduces them to the important figures and ideas in the founding of the new colony. They will walk through Savannah’s first square, past the grave-site of Tomochichi, and end with the statue to General Oglethorpe himself. Participants will also learn about the role of Mary Musgrove (Coosaponakeesa) and compare colonial life to that of today.

Georgia Standards of Excellence for 2nd Grade

SS2H1 Describe the lives and contributions of historical figures in Georgia history.

  • a. James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove (founding of Georgia)

SS2H2 Describe the Georgia Creek and Cherokee cultures of the past in terms of tools, clothing, homes, ways of making a living, and accomplishments.

  • a. Compare and contrast the Georgia Creek and Cherokee cultures of the past to those of Georgians today.

SS2G2 Describe the cultural and geographic systems associated with the historical figures in SS2H1 and Georgia’s Creek and Cherokee in SS2H2.

  • a. Identify specific locations significant to the life and times of each historic figure, and the Creek and Cherokee, on a political or physical map.
  • b. Describe how each historic figure and the Creek and Cherokee adapted to and were influenced by their environments.
  • c. Describe how the region in which these historic figures lived affected their lives and compare these regions to the region in which students live.
  • d. Describe the regions in Georgia where the Creek and Cherokee lived and how the people used their local resources