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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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  • We went on a hot July day and the staff was in full uniform from the 1800’s pvt Baker (I think that was his name) was awesome and did the fort proud with his knowledge especially with the heat. We... 
    We went on a hot July day and the staff was in full uniform from the 1800’s pvt Baker (I think that was his name) was awesome and did the fort proud with his knowledge especially with the heat. We...  more »
  • We appreciated Corporal Carter's presentation! It was our favorite part of the visit. He was very knowledgeable and friendly, even in the hot humid weather while wearing full military gear. The... 
    We appreciated Corporal Carter's presentation! It was our favorite part of the visit. He was very knowledgeable and friendly, even in the hot humid weather while wearing full military gear. The...  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.
  • Great place to go visit and learn some history. Try to be there early enough so you are are able to watch multiple shows including couple of cannon firing. If you get time or chance. Feel free to ask actors more about history of the place. They are much more knowledgeable than expected. Seems like they didn't have time to explain entire history. I asked one about much more information and I was amazed to learn more in depth after the show was over. You can buy multiple attractions tickets as combo, which includes train history and brief ride. Children's museum (same location with train ride)

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