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




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.
 
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Hours:
Tuesday–Sunday 9AM-5PM
Closed Monday (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Closed Tuesday when open on Monday.
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Historic Site Admission:
- $7.50 Adults
- $7.00 Seniors (62+)
- $4.50 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:
Note: Fort King George Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Events
First Saturday Fun at the Fort
1st Saturday of Month 1 PM - 4 PM from May 2, 2015 until Dec 5, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaVisit the site each first Saturday of the month from 1pm-4pm to see blackpowder demos, colonial toys & games, and the occasional colonial craftsman (blacksmith, carpenter) at work. 912-437-4770.
Fort King George's National Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThe name says it all, children across the country are encouraged to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature and adventure! Fort King George is making the day extra special by offering the ever popular Imagination Playground (IP). The IP consists of life-sized foam building blocks.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
A Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 25, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin the garrison for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, blacksmithing, and soldier's life activities. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations will be presented throughout the day. Start your summer with a BANG here at Fort King George!  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Junior Rangers Day Camp
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 until Sunday, Jun 14, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for an adventure packed week of Junior Ranger Camp. Campers will develop various skills, learn about the history and natural surrounding of the fort, all working towards earning their Junior Ranger Deer Badge. Registration is required. Cost is $50 per camper. Ages 8-12 yrs. Please send a packed lunch. Call for more info.  $50 per camper for the week. 912-437-4770.
Junior Rangers Day Camp
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 until Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for an adventure packed week of Junior Ranger Camp. Campers will develop various skills, learn about the history and natural surroundings of the fort, all working towards earning their Junior Ranger Deer Badge. Registration is required. Cost is $50 per camper. Ages 8-12. Please send a packed lunch. Call for more info.  $50 per camper for the week. 912-437-4770.
Cannons Across the Marsh
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Tons of FunJoin the Garrison 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 15, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Enjoy a guided tour of the Fort, but with a new focus. This walking tour will guide you through the land as it was during the Sawmill industry of the 19th Century. Learn about how Darien played a role in this huge industry. Cost is regular admission. Tours lasts approximately 30 minutes.  $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
Labor Day at Fort King George
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Be treated to musket and cannon firings from 10am-4pm. Also, come and see the various jobs soldiers would "Labor" on as part of their duties.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Your State Parks Day - Fort King George Historic Site
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaVolunteers will enjoy FREE admission to the park on National Public Lands Day. Your State Parks Day is an opportunity to give back, so lend a hand and help us with our volunteer project on the park.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Autumn Encampment- Student Day
Friday, Nov 20, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaStudents and teachers are invited to visit the site this day to experience a wide range of living history presentations. There will be an American Indian, Blacksmith, Baker, Spanish Soldier, Colonial Physician, Cannon Firing, and much more. Space is limited. Make reservations for your group now today!  $4-$7.50 912-437-4770.
The Debatable Land -- Autumn Encampment
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaA wide range of living history presentations will highlight various cultures and people that inhabited our region, long before Georgia was established in 1733. A battle reenactment will take place at 2 p.m.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
A Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Join the Garrison for a traditional dinner in the soldier's barracks for an evening of colonial style Yuletide jollification. $35 per person. Reservations Required.  $35. 912-437-4770.
Address/Directions
Fort King George Historic Site
302 McIntosh Rd 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 Rd SE
Darien, GA 31305 View Details


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