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Fort Morris Historic Site

 
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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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GPS Coordinates:
N 31.767894 | W -81.281233

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


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


  31.767894
Fort Morris Historic Site

 


Phone
912-884-5999

Independence Day Colonial Faire
Monday, Jul 4, 2016 11 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Morris Historic Site
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
Presenter/Location: Fort Morris Historic Site
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
Presenter/Location: Fort Morris Historic Site
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
Presenter/Location: Fort Morris Historic Site
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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Contacts
Arthur Edgar
912-884-5888  Historic Site Manager I, Fort Morris State Historic Site

Jason Lee Baker
912-437-4770  Fort King George State Historic Site

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