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.

Directions

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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Phone
912-884-5999

First Day Hike at Fort Morris
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Morris Historic Site
At 11 am and 1 pm, site interpreters will present soldier talks, musket demonstrations and a guided walk around the historic remains of the Revolutionary War fort, Fort Morris (Sunbury Fort).  $3- $5. 912-884-5999.
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