Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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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Directions

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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Phone
912-437-4770

First Day Hike at Fort King George
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 5 PM to 6 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Enjoy a Twilight "Hike into History" at Fort King George. As the sunsets on the First day of the new year, enjoy a hike into the past. Visitors will be guided through the half mile nature trail as they encounter various historic figures of Fort King George...  $7.50 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, $4.50 for youth 912-437-4770.
First Saturday Fun at the Fort
1st Saturday of Month 1 PM - 4 PM from Jan 3, 2015 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.
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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