Fort King George State Historic Site, Darien

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This is the official Facebook page for Fort King George State Historic Site, operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks and Historic Sites. www.gastateparks.org 1-800-864-7275.

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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  • I plan our road trips weeks in advance and our plan showed us visiting Fort King George on 12 March, a Saturday. When we arrived, we were concerned about parking, as there is very little. We did... 
    I plan our road trips weeks in advance and our plan showed us visiting Fort King George on 12 March, a Saturday. When we arrived, we were concerned about parking, as there is very little. We did...  more »
  • Well done historical site, beautiful place! Lots of good history and information shared by staff, very kind and helpful staff!!! Loved every minute 
    Well done historical site, beautiful place! Lots of good history and information shared by staff, very kind and helpful staff!!! Loved every minute  more »
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  • This is a nice place to visit. Very old historic sea side fort. Nice walk around the lake and then a look at some of the conditions of soliders living quarters. Old cannons pointing toward the water and different kinds of wild life. There is a gift shop also. Cost to visit is minimal.
  • What a amazing historical place. Very old and historic. The place was awesome. Lots of trails and things to see. The property was well cleaned and kept up with. The staff was very knowledgeable, sincere and helpful. They had a small store too. Highly recommend this.

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