The River Street Inn provides the perfect location from which to explore the colonial charm of Savannah. Designed in 1773 by General James Oglethorpe, Savannah is the first city in North America planned and under a system of squares. It is also home to the first experimental garden in North America. “Trusty’s Gardens” was established in 1774 to test which crops would grow in the new colony. The year, 1775, saw the formation of Temple Mickva Israel, the third oldest synagogue in the United States. From 1765 until the Paris Treaty of 1783, Savannah was active in the Liberation Movement that ultimately freed the colonies from English rule.