Old Fort Jackson, Savannah

4.5
#2 of 28 in Museums in Savannah
Through cannon and rifle firing demonstrations and tour guides dressed as Confederate soldiers, Savannah's rich history comes to life at Old Fort Jackson. Offering a view of the Savannah River, this National Historic Landmark is the oldest remaining brick fort in Georgia. Named after James Jackson, a British native who fought for American independence, the fort was constructed between 1808 and 1812 under the orders of President Thomas Jefferson. Deemed the best site from which to protect Savannah from attack by sea, the fort was used by local militias and U.S. troops in the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Be sure to peek inside the quarters where the soldiers stayed and make it to the rampart in time to see the cannon demonstration. PutOld Fort Jackson into our Savannah day trip planning site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Experienced the fort from the riverboat and the local interpreter set off a salute cannon. Nice touch  more »
  • The real draw is the presentation put on by the costumed educators. My kids loved learning how to load wooden muskets, rolling musket ammunition, practicing sword techniques etc. the highlight is the....  more »
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  • OUTSTANDING! The cannon fire is cool! The talk was highly informative and lots of fun! My son was involved in the filming of the movie, Emperor, staged here recently. It's a great stop!
  • Great fort. Good guides providing info. Everyone was super friendly. I highly recommend a visit here if you are interested in the history of Savannah. My daughter was fascinated by the huge cargo ships. The firing of the cannon as the paddleboat passes is awesome. That happens shortly after 4 PM by the way.

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