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.


GPS Coordinates:

N 31.767894 | W -81.281233
Located 7 miles east of I-95 exit #76 via Island Highway and Fort Morris Road.

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

Fort Morris Historic Site



The Mighty Medway River: Its History and Importance
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Morris Historic Site
Visit the site an enjoy a presentation detailing the rich heritage of the Medway River, through the time when only native Americans were on the coast through modern day.  $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
Soak It In
Labor Day Commemoration
Monday, Sep 4, 2017 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.
Handicapped Accessible
Spruce Up the Fort - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Morris Historic Site
Assist with sprucing up the fort by doing minor maintenance and clean up projects. Lunch and goodies provided as well as a good feeling for giving back to nature and the park. 912-884-5999.
Get Outdoors Georgia
"Come and Take It!" Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 11 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Morris Historic Site
The event commemorates Colonel John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender: "Come & Take It!" Watch colonial demonstrations, musket and cannon drills, 18th century music and more.  $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
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A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 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.  $3-$4.50 912-884-5999.
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Arthur Edgar
912-884-5888  Historic Site Manager I, Fort Morris State Historic Site

Jason Lee Baker
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