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Fort Hawkins, Macon

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Fort Hawkins was a fort built in 1806-1810 in the historic Creek Nation by the United States government under President Thomas Jefferson and used until 1824. Built in what is now Georgia at the fall Line on the east side of the Ocmulgee River, the fort overlooked the sacred ancient earthwork mounds of the Ocmulgee Old Fields, now known as the Ocmulgee National Monument, and the Lower Creek Pathway. A trading settlement and later the city of Macon, Georgia, developed in the area prior to the construction of the fort, with Scottish fur traders being in the area as early as the 1650's. Later, the fort would become important to the Creek Nation, the United States, and the state of Georgia for economic, military, and political reasons.
The fort originally had a tall log palisade surrounding a 1- 2acre complex. It had living and working quarters as well as two blockhouses on diagonal corners. A replica of the southeast blockhouse was constructed in 1938 after archeological excavations in 1936 showed the appropriate site. It has become an icon of Macon. The Fort Hawkins Archeological Site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is included within the boundaries of the Fort Hill Historic District, also listed on the NRHP.
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  • Like many other historic sites, they are dependent on volunteers and donations. They have done well to get this far and have some good plans to improve. Our tour was nice with many details pointed...  more »
  • Well maintained piece of history. Great place to visit. Close to Ocmulgee Indian Mounds.
  • Great museum with so much history. Artifacts are fabulous!

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