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Fort Morris Historic Site

Historic Site 912-884-5999

 
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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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Historic Site Hours:

Thursday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Historic Site Admission:

- Adults (18–61): $4.50
- Seniors (62+): $4.00
- Youth (6–17): $3.00
- Child (under 6): $1.00
Group rates available with advance notice.

Facilities:

• 67 Acres
• Visitor's Center
• Gift Shop
• 7 Picnic Sites
• 1-Mile Nature Trail
• Pioneer Campground (groups only, $25+)
• Bus Parking

Things To Do & See:

• Educational Programs
• Historical Research
• Picnicking
• Birdwatching — Colonial Coast Birding Trail

Nearby Attractions:

Golden Isles of Georgia
Fort King George Historic Site
Fort McAllister State Park (camping/cottages)
• Fort Stewart Museum
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
• Midway Museum
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Sapelo Island & Reynolds Mansion
• Sapelo Island Tours
• Savannah, Georgia
Skidaway Island State Park (camping)
Wormsloe Historic Site

Recreation in nearby Florida State Parks:
Amelia Island State Park
Anastasia State Park
Big Talbot Island State Park
Fort Clinch State Park
Little Talbot Island Island State Park

Historic Forts in nearby Florida State Parks:
Castillo De San Marcos National Monument
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Fort Mose Historic State Park
Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park

Fort Morris State Historic Site Business Plan

Teacher's Resource for Touring Historic Sites


Note: Fort Morris Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Events
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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National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 12 PM to 3 PM
Guided walks about the old fort with a grand vista of the Medway River, salt marsh and St. Catherine's Sound. The view has changed very little in hundreds of years.  $3 -$4.50 912-884-5999.
Junior Ranger Camp 2016: Bubbles, Birds and Battles
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 to Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Attention children ages 7-12, the staff at Ft. Morris, along with special guests, will conduct nature activities, craft projects, historical demos and more for this year’s Junior Ranger event.  $30 per ranger. 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.
Handicapped Accessible
"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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A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 5 PM to 8 PM
Get away from the over-commercialization of the holidays and visit Fort Morris for a more peaceful celebration. Join park staff for colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire, 18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns. 912-884-5999.
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Address/Directions
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.


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Fort Morris Historic Site
2559 Fort Morris Road
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