Fort King George Historic Site - Georgia

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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.


Outdoor Exhibits - Museum and Film - Gift Shop - Nature Trail - Picnic Area - Canoe and Kayak Rental - Bus Parking

Nearby Attractions:

Beaches - Brunswick and The Golden Isles of Georgia - Fort Frederica - Fort Morris State Historic Site - Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge - Hofwyl/Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site - Jekyll Island Historic District - Lewis Island Natural Area - McIntosh Old Jail Art Center - Preferred Factory Outlets - Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve


Fort King George Historic Site - 302 McIntosh Rd SE - Darien , GA 31305

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

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