Fort King George Historic Site

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

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"The reconstructed Fort King George anchors present day visitors to a rich history where Native American and European cultures met, colonial empires collided, soldiers toiled and perished, and industry boomed on the shores of the Altamaha River."

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
Guided Site Tour
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 2 PM to 2:40 PM
Sunday, Jul 30, 2017 2 PM to 2:40 PM
Explore the site with a ranger in redcoat uniform. History will come to life in this fun and informative tour.  $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
First Saturday Fun-Woodworking
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Enjoy interacting with a site interpreter as they bring the fort to life. This will focus on the wood-working trade. Also including colonial toys and games and soldier talks.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Paddle the Rifle Cut Chute
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
This trip is ideal for those with intermediate paddling skill. Come along on an exciting excursion as we traverse the historic hand dug Rifle Cut, created in the 1820s. Come away with a deeper understanding of not only the river system itself, but also stories of, and the influence of people in the coastal area. Reservations are required.  $40. 912-437-4770.
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Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
From the earliest days of the humble tidal powered sawmill, to the later industrial scale steam operated sawmills, this 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
Eclipse Paddling Trip
Monday, Aug 21, 2017 1 PM to 4:15 PM
Join us as we kayak to Butler Island and view a solar eclipse. This is the first total solar eclipse visible in America in nearly 40 years. From our location, roughly 94% of the sun will be obscured.  $50. 912-437-4770.
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First Saturday Fun-Labors
Saturday, Sep 2, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Enjoy interacting with a site interpreter as they bring the fort to life. This event focuses on the labors of the fort. Activities will vary but may include soldier talks,spinning, blacksmiths, woodworkers, and candle makers.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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Labor Day Weekend Living History
Sunday, Sep 3, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
The fort will come to life as colonial people demonstrate various tasks. Visit the site this day and enjoy watching a volunteer make colonial style "boondoggle" decorations from woven blades of grass. Also, there will be demonstrations of spinning wool into thread.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Labor Day Commemoration
Monday, Sep 4, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Enjoy cannon firings and musket firings. Also, to mark the occasion, the fort seamstress, blacksmith and woodworker will all be plying their trades.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
First Saturday Fun - Coastfest
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Join us at Coastfest held at the DNR Region office under the Sydney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick. This is a free all ages event. Fort King George will be doing musket firing demos and woodworking demonstrations. Other local DNR agencies will be presenting program and various wildlife displays, live animals, and entertainment 912-437-4770.
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First Saturday Fun-Toys and Games
Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Enjoy interacting with a site interpreter as they bring the fort to life. This event focuses on colonial toys and games. Come join us for a game of graces and nine pins on the parade ground.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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The Debatable Land: A Colonial Reenactment, Student Day
Friday, Nov 10, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Students 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.  $4-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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The Debatable Land: A Colonial Reenactment, Family Days
10 AM - 4 PM from Nov 11, 2017 until Nov 12, 2017 
Visit the site and witness a battle reenactment at 3pm each afternoon. Honor America's Veterans with a special Morning Colors ceremony on Saturday morning at 10am. A colonial fashion show, blacksmithing, cannon firing, cooking demo, cavalry demo, and more, will take place each day.  4.50-7.50 912-437-4770.
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First Saturday Fun-Colonial Holiday Seasons
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Enjoy interacting with a site interpreter as they bring the fort to life. This event focuses on the holiday season. Come and learn how the holiday season at the fort differed from today's holiday season.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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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