Fort King George Historic Site

 
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"The reconstructed Fort King George anchors present day visitors to a rich history where Native American and European cultures met, colonial empires collided, soldiers toiled and perished, and industry boomed on the shores of the Altamaha River."

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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Fort King George Historic Site
302 McIntosh Road SE
Darien, GA 31305 View Details


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Fort King George Historic Site

 


Phone
912-437-4770

Intro to Kayaking
Saturday, Jul 22, 2017 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
In this class our rangers will teach you the basics of kayaking and take you out on the beautiful Black Island Creek. Open to people 12 years and older who are able to swim. Equipment is provided, but please bring water and sunscreen...  $25. 912-437-4770.
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Guided Site Tour
Saturday, Jul 22, 2017 2 PM to 2:40 PM
Sunday, Jul 23, 2017 2 PM to 2:40 PM
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 2 PM to 2:40 PM
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Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Explore the site with a ranger in redcoat uniform. History will come to life in this fun and informative tour.  $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
First Saturday Fun-Woodworking
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 10 AM to 2 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.
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Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
From the earliest days of the humble tidal powered sawmill, to the later industrial scale steam operated sawmills, this site was utilized for centuries to process Yellow Pine, as well as Cypress, from the Altamaha River.  $4.50 - $7.50 912-437-4770.
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Eclipse Paddling Trip
Monday, Aug 21, 2017 1 PM to 4:15 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Join us as we kayak to Butler Island and view a solar eclipse. This is the first total solar eclipse visible in America in nearly 40 years. From our location, roughly 94% of the sun will be obscured.  $50. 912-437-4770.
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First Saturday Fun-Labors
Saturday, Sep 2, 2017 10 AM to 2 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.
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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.
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First Saturday Fun-Toys and Games
Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 10 AM to 2 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.
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The Debatable Land: A Colonial Reenactment, Student Day
Friday, Nov 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 to experience a wide range of living history presentations. There will be an American Indian, Blacksmith, Baker, Spanish Soldier, Colonial Physician, Cannon Firing, and much more. Space is limited.  $4-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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The Debatable Land: A Colonial Reenactment, Family Days
10 AM - 4 PM from Nov 11, 2017 until Nov 12, 2017 
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Visit the site and witness a battle reenactment at 3pm each afternoon. Honor America's Veterans with a special Morning Colors ceremony on Saturday morning at 10am. A colonial fashion show, blacksmithing, cannon firing, cooking demo, cavalry demo, and more, will take place each day.  4.50-7.50 912-437-4770.
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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