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Fort King George Historic Site



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.


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GPS Coordinates:
N 31.3644180 | W -81.4130690

Located in Darien, 3 miles east of I-95 exit #49.

Address
302 McIntosh Rd SE
Darien, GA 31305
McIntosh County
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Fort King George Historic Site
302 McIntosh Rd SE
Darien, GA 31305 View Details


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Fort King George Historic Site

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Phone
912-437-4770

First Saturday Fun at the Fort
1st Saturday of Month 1 PM - 4 PM from Nov 1, 2014 until Dec 5, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Visit the site each first Saturday of the month from 1pm-4pm to see blackpowder demos, colonial toys & games, and the occasional colonial craftsman (blacksmith, carpenter) at work. 912-437-4770.
Autumn Encampment 2014
Friday, Nov 14, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
A wide range of living history presentations will be given highlighting all the various cultures and people that inhabited our region before Georgia was established in the 1730's. A battle re-enactment will take place at 2pm.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Handicapped Accessible Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Friday, Dec 12, 2014 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Join the garrison for a traditional dinner in the soldier's barracks and an evening of colonial-style Yule Tide jollification. Menu consists of traditional colonial Christmas fare. Event ends with a cannon firing!  $35 for dinner. Reservations required. 912-437-4770.
First Day Hike at Fort King George
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Start the new year out right. Come visit the site on Thursday- January 1, 2015 and participate in a guided tour of the site nature trail. A Ranger will lead guests down the trail while discussing both natural as well as cultural features...  $7.50 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, $4.50 for youth 912-437-4770.
Colonial Cook-Off
Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
In teams of one or two, research a historical recipe and cook it, for the first annual colonial cooking contest. Participants can be dressed in historical reproduction clothing, or professionally. Recipes must be submitted...  $25. 912-437-4770.
Handicapped Accessible Scottish Heritage Days
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 1 PM from Mar 20, 2015 until Mar 22, 2015 
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Visit the site during this fun-filled weekend! Friday is Student Day, there will be numerous vignettes that interpret colonial history available for students to visit. Saturday is Family Day, there will be a wide variety of historical presentations with the focus being on Scottish history...  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
A Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 25, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Join the garrison for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, blacksmithing, and soldier's life activities. Musket and cannon firing demonstrations will be presented throughout the day. Start your summer with a BANG here at Fort King George!  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Cannons Across the Marsh
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Join the Garrison 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.
Labor Day at Fort King George
Monday, Sep 7, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Be treated to musket and cannon firings from 10am-4pm. Also, come and see the various jobs soldiers would "Labor" on as part of their duties.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Contacts
Sharon Rozier
Fort King George Historic Site

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

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