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

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 3 day program of artillery drills, musket firings, blacksmithing, and soldier's life activities. Musket 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.
First Saturday Fun at the Fort
1st Saturday of Month 1 PM - 4 PM from Jun 6, 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.
Junior Rangers Day Camp
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 until Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 9 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Join us for an adventure packed week of Junior Ranger Camp. Campers will develop various skills, learn about the history and natural surroundings of the fort, all working towards earning their Junior Ranger Deer Badge. Registration is required. Cost is $50 per camper. Ages 8-12...  $50 per camper for the week. 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.
Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Enjoy a guided tour of the Fort, but with a new focus. This walking tour will guide you through the land as it was during the Sawmill industry of the 19th Century. Learn about how Darien played a role in this huge industry. Cost is regular admission. Tours lasts approximately 30 minutes.  $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.
Your State Parks Day - Fort King George Historic Site
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
Volunteers will enjoy FREE admission to the park on National Public Lands Day. Your State Parks Day is an opportunity to give back, so lend a hand and help us with our volunteer project on the park.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
Autumn Encampment- Student Day
Friday, Nov 20, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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.
The Debatable Land -- Autumn Encampment
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Fort King George Historic Site
A wide range of living history presentations will highlight various cultures and people that inhabited our region, long before Georgia was established in 1733. A battle reenactment will take place at 2 p.m.  $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.
A Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 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 for an evening of colonial style Yuletide jollification. $35 per person. Reservations Required.  $35. 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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