Fort King George Historic Site

NOTICE: The power has been restored and the historic site will reopen tomorrow, Sunday, September 4.
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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

Cathead Creek to Darien River Paddle
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 2 PM to 6 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
This trip is better suited for experienced paddlers. This is a four hour trip starting at the beautiful and historic Cathead Creek, drifting down to historic Darien. Guests will meet at Fort King George, transportation to and from launching location will be provided by Fort King George.  $45 per person. 912-437-4770.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Cathead Creek Paddle
Sunday, Oct 9, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
This trip is ideal for beginners and lovers of nature! Cathead Creek offers a magical experience into the Altamaha River watershed. This trip will explore the historic rice-fields and their associated irrigation canals. It also highlights the flora and fauna of the area...  $35 per person. 912-437-4770.
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Spanish Missions of the Georgia Coast
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Learn new and fascinating stories and facts, in reference to the system of missions built along the eastern coast by Spanish missionaries in the 16th century.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Hidden Gem
The Ghosts Of Fort King George
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Come and join us for an evening of trick and treating, as we step back in time with the ghosts of the fort.  $7-$15. 912-437-4770.
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First Saturday Fun
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 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. Activities will vary, such as colonial toys and games, soldier talks, musket firing demos, and the occasional colonial crafts person (spinning, blacksmithing, wood-working).  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
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Autumn Encampment School Day
Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 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 a Native American Indian, blacksmith, fiber spinning, cannon firing, and much more! Space is very limited, reservations are required.  $4–$7.50 912-437-4770.
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Autumn Encampment- The Debatable Land
10 AM - 4 PM from Nov 11, 2016 until Nov 12, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Visit the site and witness a tactical demonstration (reenactment) at 3pm each afternoon. Honor America's Veterans with a special Morning Colors ceremony on Friday 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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A Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Join the Friends of Fort King George for a traditional dinner in the soldier's barracks. Reservations Required. Program concludes with a cannon firing.  $40. 912-437-4770.
Contacts
Sharon Rozier
Fort King George Historic Site

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