Fort King George State Historic Site, Darien

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This is the official Facebook page for Fort King George State Historic Site, operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks and Historic Sites. 1-800-864-7275.

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.
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  • Great walk thru history. From the re-constructed building to the spectacular setting, the Fort was a great place to stop and stretch our legs after a long drive.  more »
  • This park is easy to find. There were signs all over pointing you in the right direction. The museum is small but well made. The replica fort is interesting and gives you an idea what it would have...  more »
  • A very interesting historic site. The museum explains the history of the fort very well, and the area is well kept up. The only thing I didn't like is the lack of clarification of what is old and what is recreated, especially in the actual fort location. PS: also a good spot to see some wildlife including alligators and many species of birds. Overall recommended 👍
  • The replica fort here provides a compelling glimpse into the pioneering past of the early Europeanization of the region. Extremely well done and accessible. The quiet location also lends to a contemplative and relaxing experience.

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