Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Fort Morris Historic Site
Historic Site 912-884-5999

When the Continental Congress convened in 1776, the delegates recognized the importance of a fort to protect their growing seaport from the British. Soon afterwards, a low bluff on the Medway River at Sunbury was fortified and garrisoned by 200 patriots. When the British demanded the fort’s surrender on November 25, 1778, the defiant Col. John McIntosh replied, “Come and take it!” The British refused and withdrew back to Florida. Forty-five days later, they returned with a superior force, and on January 9, 1779, Fort Morris fell after a short but heavy bombardment.

Under the name of Fort Defiance, this bulwark was once again used against the British during the War of 1812, and Sunbury's harbor was guarded by armed barges. Today, visitors can stand within the earthwork remains and view scenic Saint Catherines Sound. A museum and film describe the colonial port of Sunbury and the site’s history.

Visitors may borrow binoculars and a field guide to go birding.  Downy woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, goldfinches, wood storks, painted buntings, great egrets and many other coastal species can be seen.
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Hours: Thursday-Saturday / 9AM-5PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. School groups may visit any day of the week with advance reservations.

Historic Site Admission:
- $4.50 Adults
- $4.00 Seniors (62+)
- $3.00 Youth (6-17)
- $1.00 Child (under 6)
Group rates available with advance notice.

    • 67 Acres
    • Visitor Center (film & exhibits)
    • Gift Shop
    • 7 Picnic Sites
    • 1-Mile Nature Trail
    • Pioneer Campground (groups only, $25 and up)
    • Bus Parking


Note: Fort Morris Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Travels of William Bartram
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
Join us to celebrate William Bartram’s 277th birthday and the legacy he left behind. Activities will include a naturalist guided walk, an introduction to creating a naturalist journal, and an introduction to pressing plants.  $1-4.50 912-884-5999.
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Memorial Day Commemoration and the Site's Hidden Gem
Monday, May 30, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
This coastal fort will present hourly Revolutionary War soldier talks and musket and cannon demonstrations. Visitors may explore the site and find its Hidden Gem. The beautiful vista from the earthen fort, over the Medway River and out through St. Catherine's Sound. A view that has changed very little over hundreds of years.  $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
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Independence Day Colonial Faire
Monday, Jul 4, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
Celebrate the 4th with colonial games, contests of skill, colonial music, musket firings, cannon firings and activities. Prizes will be awarded to all participants. Sponsored by the City of Flemington, Friends of Fort Morris and Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 912-884-5999.
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Labor Day Commemoration
Monday, Sep 5, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
Commemorate Labor Day holiday with hourly soldier talks and musket and cannon firings at this scenic coastal fort.  $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
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"Come and Take It!" A Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
This American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender. Enjoy colonial demonstrations, musket and cannon drills, musket, blacksmithing and more. 912-884-5999.
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Fort Morris Historic Site
2559 Fort Morris Road
Midway, GA 31320
Liberty County

GPS Coordinates:
N 31.767894 | W -81.281233

Located 7 miles east of I-95 exit #76 via Island Highway and Fort Morris Road.

Fort Morris Historic Site
2559 Fort Morris Road
Midway, GA 31320 View Details

Fort Morris Historic Site

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