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Fort King George Historic Site
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FORT KING GEORGE HISTORIC SITE
FORT KING GEORGE HISTORIC SITE
320 McIntosh Rd SE
Darien, Georgia   31305

Phone: 912-437-4770
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.


Location
Fort King George Historic Site is located near Brunswick, Saint Simons Island and Savannah


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I-95 Exit 58 Georgia Highway 57
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Directions
Located in Darien, 3 miles east of I-95 exit #49.

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