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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 15 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
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
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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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Super Museum Sunday
Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 12 PM to 4 PM
Join Fort King George and the Georgia Historical Society in celebration of Georgia History Month. On this day, admission is FREE from 12-4pm. There will be colonial toys & games, soldier talks, as well as musket firing demos presented. 912-437-4770.
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Scottish Heritage Days
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 4 PM from Mar 18, 2016 until Mar 20, 2016 
All ages will enjoy this showcase of Georgia’s Scottish and colonial history, with weapon demonstrations and cannon firings, re-enactors, blacksmithing, weaving, period cooking and music, and fort tours. Friday is Student Day. A battle reenactment will be 2 p.m. Saturday. A traditional Scottish "Kirkin of the Tartans" will be 10 a.m. Sunday.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Handicapped Accessible
Weapons That Made America
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 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.
Full Moon Paddle at The Fort
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Join us for a full moon paddle at the Fort. The trip will leave our dock at 8:00pm and last for about 1-1.5hrs. Space is limited and registration is required in advance.  $35. 912-437-4770.
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Colonial Memorial Celebrations
Saturday, May 28, 2016 until Monday, May 30, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Join the Garrison for 3 days of artillery drills, blacksmithing, and soldier's life activities. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations will be presented during the day. Begin your summer with a bang at Fort King George.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Junior Rangers Day Camp
Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 until Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
Join 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.  $50 for week. 912-437-4770.
Cannons Across the Marsh
Monday, Jul 4, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Join the garrison for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, and soldier's life activities in honor of Independence Day. Free watermelon and lemonade will be served.  $4.50-$7.50. 912-437-4770.
Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
At 10am, and 2pm, 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
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.
Lend a Hand - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM to 1 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. There will be general clean-up activities. 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
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.
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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Fort King George Historic Site


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