Fort King George Historic Site

Fort King George Historic Site
Historic Site 912-437-4770

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This is the oldest English fort remaining on Georgia's coast. From 1721 until 1736, Fort King George was the southern outpost of the British Empire in North America. A cypress blockhouse, barracks and palisaded earthen fort were constructed in 1721 by scoutmen led by Colonel John “Tuscarora Jack” Barnwell. For the next seven years, His Majesty’s Independent Company garrisoned the fort. They endured incredible hardships from disease, threats of Spanish and Indian attacks, and the harsh, unfamiliar coastal environment. After the fort was abandoned, General James Oglethorpe brought Scottish Highlanders to the site in 1736. The settlement, called Darien, eventually became a foremost export center of lumber until 1925.

Using old records and drawings, this 18th century frontier fortification on the Altamaha River has been reconstructed for public tours. Structures include a blockhouse, officers' quarters, barracks, a guardhouse, moat and palisades. A museum and film cover the Guale Indians, the Santo Domingo de Talaje mission, Fort King George, the Scots of Darien and 19th century sawmilling when Darien became a major seaport. In addition to the many fort buildings, remains of three sawmills and tabby ruins are still visible. This site is on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail.

Historic Site Hours:

Tuesday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Monday (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day.
Closed Tuesday when open on Monday.

Historic Site Admission:

- Adults (18–61): $7.50
- Seniors (62+): $7.00
- Youth (6–17): $4.50
- Children (under 6): Free
Group tours available for 15 or more people. Reservations required at least one week in advance.


• Fully Reconstructed Fort
• Museum & Film
• Gift Shop
• Nature Trail
• Picnic Area
wireless connection Available in the Visitor Center

Things To Do & See:

• Kayak & Canoe Rental
Birthday Parties
Group Pioneer Campouts
• Birding — Colonial Coast Birding Trail

Nearby Attractions:

• Beaches
Brunswick & The Golden Isles of Georgia
• Fort Frederica
Fort McAllister State Park
Fort Morris Historic Site
• Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
• Jekyll Island Historic District
• Lewis Island Natural Area
• McIntosh Old Jail Art Center
Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve

Saltwater Paddling Trail

Note: Fort King George Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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A Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Join the Friends of Fort King George for a traditional dinner in the soldier's barracks. Reservations Required. Program concludes with a cannon firing. Also, Dr. Roger Smith will be in attendance, and signing copies of books that he has authored.  $40. 912-437-4770.
First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Join a ranger-led hike of the nature trail and fort area at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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First Saturday Fun-Blacksmithing
Saturday, Jan 7, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Enjoy interacting with a site interpreter as they bring the fort to life. This will focus on the Blacksmithing trade. Also including colonial toys and games and soldier talks.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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Super Museum Sunday
Sunday, Feb 5, 2017 12 PM to 4 PM
Join Fort King George and the Georgia Historical Society in celebration of Georgia History Month. There will be colonial toys and games, soldier talks, as well as musket firing demos presented. 912-437-4770.
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Scottish Heritage Days-School Days
Friday, Mar 10, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Students and teachers are invited to visit the site this day. A fantastic collection of living history presentations will take place. There will be Scottish Highlanders, a Native American Indian, blacksmith, fiber spinning, cannon firing and more. Space is very limited, reservations are required.  $4–$7.50 912-437-4770.
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Scottish Heritage Day Encampment
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
A variety of living history demonstrations portraying colonial and particularly Scottish culture will be featured. A battle re-enactment will take place at 3 p.m. Celebrate the first settlers of Darien. On Sunday, there will be a Kirkin of the Tartans.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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Weapons That Made America
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Come learn about the various small arms and artillery used during this monumental era. Weapon firings will take place throughout the day. In this program we will trace the origins of gunpowder weapons from their earliest use, up through the Civil War.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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Cannons Across the Marsh
Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Join the soldiers at the fort for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, and soldier's life activities to honor Independence Day. Free watermelon and lemonade will be served.  $4.50- $7.50 912-437-4770.
Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Fort King George State Historic Site will be hosting Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills. From the earliest days of the humble tidal powered sawmill, to the later industrial scale steam operated sawmills, this very site was utilized for centuries to process Yellow Pine, as well as Cypress, from the Altamaha River.  $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
Hidden Gem
Fort King George Historic Site
302 McIntosh Road SE
Darien, GA 31305
McIntosh County

GPS Coordinates:

N 31.3644180 | W -81.4130690
Located in Darien, 3 miles east of I-95 exit #49.

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Fort King George Historic Site
302 McIntosh Road SE
Darien, GA 31305 View Details

Fort King George Historic Site