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.
View by date
First Saturday Fun
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Enjoy interacting with a site interpreter as they bring the fort to life. Activities will vary, such as colonial toys and games, soldier talks, musket firing demos, and the occasional colonial crafts person (spinning, blacksmithing, wood-working).  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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Labor Day at Fort King George
Monday, Sep 5, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
On this day, site staff and volunteers will be demonstrating various colonial period “labor” jobs. There will be ladies spinning natural fibers into thread on spinning wheels, wood-working, and possibly a blacksmith. There will also be the usual celebratory musket and cannon firings, which will take place on the hour.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Autumn Paddle Trip
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
This trip is ideal for beginners. We will be launching from the Fort King George dock, exploring Black Island and the Darien River.  $35 per person. 912-437-4770.
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Harvest Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Sep 16, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
We will depart from the Fort King George dock at twilight. Watch the sunset and the moon rise over the marsh. This program will focus on the night sky, and the history of the Harvest Moon.  $45 per person. 912-437-4770.
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Lend a Hand - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Your State Parks Day is an opportunity to give back, so lend a hand and help us with our volunteer project on the park. Volunteers will assist with the construction of a replica Native American Indian roundhouse. Wear clothing suitable to work outdoors. Volunteers receive FREE admission. 912-437-4770.
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Cathead Creek to Darien River Paddle
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 2 PM to 6 PM
This trip is better suited for experienced paddlers. This is a four hour trip starting at the beautiful and historic Cathead Creek, drifting down to historic Darien. Guests will meet at Fort King George, transportation to and from launching location will be provided by Fort King George.  $45 per person. 912-437-4770.
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Cathead Creek Paddle
Sunday, Oct 9, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
This trip is ideal for beginners and lovers of nature! Cathead Creek offers a magical experience into the Altamaha River watershed. This trip will explore the historic rice-fields and their associated irrigation canals. It also highlights the flora and fauna of the area. Transportation to the launch area is provided.  $35 per person. 912-437-4770.
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Spanish Missions of the Georgia Coast
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Learn new and fascinating stories and facts, in reference to the system of missions built along the eastern coast by Spanish missionaries in the 16th century.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Hidden Gem
The Ghosts Of Fort King George
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Come and join us for an evening of trick and treating, as we step back in time with the ghosts of the fort.  $3. 912-437-4770.
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Autumn Encampment School Day
Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 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 a Native American Indian, blacksmith, fiber spinning, cannon firing, and much more! Space is very limited, reservations are required.  $4–$7.50 912-437-4770.
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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.  $40. 912-437-4770.
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