Fort Morris Historic Site

Fort Morris Historic Site
Historic Site 912-884-5999

 
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When the Continental Congress convened in 1776, the delegates recognized the importance of a fort to protect their growing seaport from the British. Soon afterwards, a low bluff on the Medway River at Sunbury was fortified and garrisoned by 200 patriots. When the British demanded the fort’s surrender on November 25, 1778, the defiant Col. John McIntosh replied, “Come and take it!” The British refused and withdrew back to Florida. Forty-five days later, they returned with a superior force, and on January 9, 1779, Fort Morris fell after a short but heavy bombardment.

Under the name of Fort Defiance, this bulwark was once again used against the British during the War of 1812, and Sunbury's harbor was guarded by armed barges. Today, visitors can stand within the earthwork remains and view scenic Saint Catherines Sound. A museum and film describe the colonial port of Sunbury and the site’s history.

Visitors may borrow binoculars and a field guide to go birding. Downy woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, goldfinches, wood storks, painted buntings, great egrets and many other coastal species can be seen.

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Historic Site Hours:

Thursday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Historic Site Admission:

- Adults (18–61): $4.50
- Seniors (62+): $4.00
- Youth (6–17): $3.00
- Child (under 6): $1.00
Group rates available with advance notice.

Facilities:

• 67 Acres
• Visitor Center
• Gift Shop
• 7 Picnic Sites
• 1-Mile Nature Trail
• Pioneer Campground (groups only, $25+)
• Bus Parking

Things To Do & See:

• Educational Programs
• Historical Research
• Picnicking
• Birdwatching — Colonial Coast Birding Trail

Nearby Attractions:

Golden Isles of Georgia
Fort King George Historic Site
Fort McAllister State Park
• Fort Stewart Museum
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
• Midway Museum
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Sapelo Island & Reynolds Mansion
• Sapelo Island Tours
• Savannah, Georgia
Skidaway Island State Park
Wormsloe Historic Site


Note: Fort Morris Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
Events
"Come and Take It!" A Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
This American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender. Enjoy colonial demonstrations, musket & cannon drills, musket, blacksmithing and more. 912-884-5999.
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A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 5 PM to 8 PM
Get away from the over-commercialization of the holidays and visit Fort Morris for a more peaceful celebration. Join park staff for colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire, 18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns. 912-884-5999.
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Address/Directions
Fort Morris Historic Site
2559 Fort Morris Road
Midway, GA 31320
Liberty County


GPS Coordinates:

N 31.767894 | W -81.281233
Located 7 miles east of I-95 exit #76 via Island Highway and Fort Morris Road.


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Fort Morris Historic Site
2559 Fort Morris Road
Midway, GA 31320 View Details


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Fort Morris Historic Site