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Old Fort Jackson, Savannah

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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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Savannah holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Old Fort Jackson and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Great authentic experience and wonderful story telling. Cannons we even shot! I would recommend this for families and anyone who likes to see history up close and personal. 
    Great authentic experience and wonderful story telling. Cannons we even shot! I would recommend this for families and anyone who likes to see history up close and personal.  more »
  • This is a small fort, but it's the oldest fort in Savannah. It's near the historic center of Savannah. I took an Uber and arrived in about 15 min . The fort has a few rooms, cannons, and look outs.....  more
    This is a small fort, but it's the oldest fort in Savannah. It's near the historic center of Savannah. I took an Uber and arrived in about 15 min . The fort has a few rooms, cannons, and look outs.....  more »
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  • An unexpected and amazing time. The guide and soldier that hosted the tour was the best part. He was a younger gentleman and dawned what appeared to be an authentic uniform of the time period. He gave a very informative tour and history lesson of the fort and surrounding area. He interacted with the children of the group, allowed them to partake in certain aspects of the tour and had a great sense of humor. At the end we were allowed to witness a firing of the cannon inside the fort. The gentleman inside was also very kind and they gave us a discount due to a show being filmed on site. I would gladly pay the original price if it went to the guide. The young man giving the tour not once complained of the heat and the uniform he was wearing even though we all saw him suffering deep inside. I applaud their dedication and I hope the management pays him well. Outstanding job and experience overall.
  • Excellent place to visit and get a bit of local history. Great riverside views. The Fort itself and its grounds are very well maintained. There is a good amount of things there to occupy your time for at least a couple hours. We saw a cannon foring as well which was really cool. Great place to visit, especially if you or your kids are into this type of historic items.

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