Fort King George Historic Site

 
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» Entrance Notice:
› The gift shop is under renovation, so visitors should use the left side entrance to the museum.  
» Pet Notice:
› Leashed pets are allowed on historic site trails, however, they are not allowed in buildings. Please view our Park Rules page for more information.
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.

Directions

GPS Coordinates:

N 31.3644180 | W -81.4130690
Located in Darien, 3 miles east of I-95 exit #49.


Address
302 McIntosh Road SE
Darien, GA 31305
McIntosh County
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Phone
912-437-4770

Colonial Medicine and Medicine Gardens
Friday, Feb 24, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
10 AM - 4 PM from Feb 24, 2017 until Feb 25, 2017 
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Discover how Georgia Colonists treated illness with medicinal plants and animals. Help the apothecary mix "remedies" -tinctures and balms made from plants that the Native American and Colonial settlers gathered in the wild and grew in their own gardens.  $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
AmeriCorps
Clicks in the Night - A Batty Experience
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Help fight mosquitoes year-round and complete a project with the family by installing a home-made Bat House for your yard. Come just to learn about bats or pre-register to build your own bat box. Materials are limited, so call to reserve your spot.  Admission $4.50 - $7.50 Bat Box Workshop $10 912-437-4770.
Handicapped AccessibleAmeriCorps
First Saturday Fun-Colonial Women
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Enjoy interacting with a site interpreter as they bring the fort to life. This will focus on the life of colonial women and their daily tasks. Also including colonial toys and games.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Scottish Heritage Days-School Days
Friday, Mar 10, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Students and teachers are invited to visit the site this day. A fantastic collection of living history presentations will take place. There will be Scottish Highlanders, a Native American Indian, blacksmith, fiber spinning, cannon firing and more. Space is very limited, reservations are required.  $4–$7.50 912-437-4770.
Handicapped AccessibleGet Outdoors Georgia
Scottish Heritage Days: A Colonial Reenactment
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Celebrate the first settlers of Darien with living history demonstrations that portray colonial -- particularly Scottish -- culture. A battle re-enactment will take place at 3 p.m. On Sunday, join a Kirkin of the Tartans, which is a Scottish blessing ceremony.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia
First Saturday Fun-Soak It In
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Enjoy interacting with a site interpreter as they bring the fort to life. This event will focus on the importance of the rivers and waterways in the colonial period.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSoak It In
Weapons That Made America
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Come learn about the various small arms and artillery used during this monumental era. Weapon firings will take place throughout the day. In this program we will trace the origins of gunpowder weapons from their earliest use, up through the Civil War.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia
First Saturday Fun-Schools Out
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Enjoy interacting with a site interpreter as they bring the fort to life. This event focuses on colonial toys and games in reference to school being out and the beginning of summer fun.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSoak It In
First Saturday Fun-Paddle Trip
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
In celebration of National Trails Day, we will be doing a paddling trip led by site staff. This trip is ideal for beginners and water lovers! This is part of the statewide Get Outdoors Month activities.  $35.00 per person 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSoak It In
Junior Rangers Day Camp: Soak it In!
9 AM - 3 PM from Jun 12, 2017 until Jun 16, 2017 
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Join us for an adventure-packed week of Junior Ranger Camp. Campers will "SOAK IT IN", by developing various skills, learn about the history and natural surroundings of the fort, all working towards earning their Junior Ranger Deer Badge. Registration is required. Ages 8-12. Please bring lunch.  $60 for week. 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSoak It In
First Saturday Fun-Soldiers
Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Enjoy interacting with a site interpreter as they bring the fort to life. This event focuses on the soldiers of the fort and their daily tasks to keep the fort running. This will also include musket firing demos and colonial toys and games.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Cannons Across the Marsh
Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Join the soldiers at the fort for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, and soldier's life activities to honor Independence Day. Free watermelon and lemonade will be served.  $4.50- $7.50 912-437-4770.
First Saturday Fun-Woodworking
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
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
Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Fort King George State Historic Site will be hosting Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills...  $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
Hidden Gem
First Saturday Fun-Labors
Saturday, Sep 2, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
First Saturday Fun - Coastfest
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
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... 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSoak It In
First Saturday Fun-Toys and Games
Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
First Saturday Fun-Colonial Holiday Seasons
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
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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Contacts
Sharon Rozier
Fort King George Historic Site

Steven Smith
912-437-4770  Park Manager, Fort King George Historic Site