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.
School Programs at Fort King George
Fort King George State Historic Site Business Plan
Closed Monday (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Closed Tuesday when open on Monday.
Historic Site Admission:
- $7.00 Adults
- $6.50 Seniors (62+)
- $4.00 Youth (6-17)
- Free (under 6)
• Group tours available for 25 or more people. Reservations required at least one week in advance. Group tours consist of a one-hour living history presentation on a soldier’s life and a weapons demonstration.
• Picnic area and bus parking available.
FACILITIES & THINGS TO DO:
Teacher's Resource for Touring Historic Sites
Note: Fort King George Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
Scottish Heritage Day|
Friday, Saturday & Sunday Mar 21, 2014 until Mar 23, 2014
|A variety of living history demonstrations devoted to Scottish and colonial culture will be featured. Numerous Scottish conveners, and genealogists will be in attendance. A battle re-enactment will take place at 2 p.m on Saturday. $4-$7.50 912-437-4770.|
Weapons That Made America|
Saturday, Apr 5, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
|Visit with us at the site on this day, to view an extensive collection of both re-production, as well as original weapons ranging from the 16th to the 20th century. There will also be periodic firing demonstrations throughout the day. $4.50- $7.50 912-437-4770.|