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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First Saturday Fun
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 1 PM - 4 PM

Scottish Heritage Days
Friday, Mar 18, 2016 9 AM - 4 PM

Weapons That Made America
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 10 AM - 4 PM

Full Moon Paddle at The Fort
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8 PM - 9:30 PM

Colonial Memorial Celebrations
Saturday, May 28, 2016 - Monday, May 30, 2016 10 AM - 4 PM

Junior Rangers Day Camp
Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 - Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 9 AM - 3 PM

Cannons Across the Marsh
Monday, Jul 4, 2016 10 AM - 4 PM

Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 10 AM - 3 PM

Labor Day at Fort King George
Monday, Sep 5, 2016 10 AM - 4 PM

Lend a Hand - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM - 1 PM

Spanish Missions of the Georgia Coast
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 1 PM - 3 PM

The Ghosts Of Fort King George
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 5 PM - 7 PM

A Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 7 PM - 8:30 PM

302 McIntosh Rd SE
Darien, GA 31305

GPS Coordinates:
N 31.3644180 | W -81.4130690

Located in Darien, 3 miles east of I-95 exit #49.

(912) 437-4770

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