Fort Frederica National Monument, Saint Simons Island

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At Fort Frederica National Monument, learn how the British troops stopped the Spanish forces' attempt to capture the state and the rest of the South in a small but significant battle. The archaeological remnants of the seaside fort and surrounding town have been preserved, but much of the area’s history is still being discovered. Watch a film about the events at the fort in the visitor center before checking out the fort's well-preserved magazine and barracks. Drink machines and restrooms are available, and parking is free. Plan your Fort Frederica National Monument visit and explore what else you can see and do in Saint Simons Island using our Saint Simons Island vacation maker tool.
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  • This is about a twenty minute drive from the downtown area depending on traffic.It was worth the drive .A very interesting and informative history lesson with great views.Park staff well informed. 
    This is about a twenty minute drive from the downtown area depending on traffic.It was worth the drive .A very interesting and informative history lesson with great views.Park staff well informed.  more »
  • The NPS site looks like this is a small park with barely anything remaining but we found lots to look at. We found that the plaques had lots of interesting information. There are lots of house... 
    The NPS site looks like this is a small park with barely anything remaining but we found lots to look at. We found that the plaques had lots of interesting information. There are lots of house...  more »
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  • Nice park, helpful and informative volunteers. Much of the park has excavated foundations of the houses and businesses that made up the community there. There is also much information about the people who lived there and what happened to many of them. The museum has a video presentation room and pieces of what has been discovered in the excavation process. It also gives an idea of what life was like by what people did for food, shelter, and clothing, as well as what they did for business and income. There were also individual difficulties that had to be overcome. Some real insights have been brought to light. The parking is good and the restrooms are clean. There is a souvenir shop that sells souvenirs of the time period and also sells orange marmalade made from the oranges that grow on the orange trees that survive at the park. Most of the orange trees are gone, so the marmalade may be limited by amount available and during the orange season.
  • Very interesting history of the fort and town that was erected to support the fort. We met a husband and wife team (RV volunteers) who were dressed in period attire and were educating us on how the towns folk worked to raise the food and support needed by the town and soldiers. The wife was weaving a scarf and had woven the dishcloths that were for sale in the gift shop, which we went and purchased! Her husband was dressed as a soldier even equipped with a gun!! From Wikipedia- Fort Frederica National Monument, on St. Simons Island, Georgia, preserves the archaeological remnants of a fort and town built by James Oglethorpe between 1736 and 1748 to protect the southern boundary of the British colony of Georgia from Spanish raids. About 630 British troops were stationed at the fort.

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