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Fort Morris Historic Site

 
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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.

Memorial Day Commemoration and the Site's Hidden Gem
Monday, May 30, 2016 11 AM - 3 PM

National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 12 PM - 3 PM

Junior Ranger Camp 2016: Bubbles, Birds and Battles
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 - Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 9 AM - 12 PM

Independence Day Colonial Faire
Monday, Jul 4, 2016 11 AM - 3 PM

Labor Day Commemoration
Monday, Sep 5, 2016 11 AM - 3 PM

"Come and Take It!" A Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 10 AM - 4 PM

A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 5 PM - 8 PM




Address
2559 Fort Morris Road
Midway, GA 31320
(MapQuest)

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GPS Coordinates:

N 31.767894 | W -81.281233


Located 7 miles east of I-95 exit #76 via Island Highway and Fort Morris Road.



Phone
(912) 884-5999

 
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