The Coast / St. Simons Island

Fort Frederica National Monument

6515 Frederica Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

912-638-3630
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In the early 18th century, the land lying between British South Carolina and Spanish Florida was known as the debatable land. This land (which we call Georgia today) was the epicenter of a centuries-old imperial conflict between Spain and Britain.

Fort Frederica was established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe to protect the southern boundary of his new colony of Georgia. Colonists from England, Scotland, and the Germanic states came to Frederica to support this endeavor.

After successfully repulsing a Spanish attempt to retake St. Simons Island. The garrison at Ft. Frederica was disbanded, and the town fell into decline. Today, the archeological remnants of Frederica are protected by the National Park Service.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    15 Years Old and Younger Free

    Adults Free

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site, Free Parking, Gift Shop, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Picnic Area, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Open Year 'Round, Pet-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group Reservations Required , Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    95

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Birds of the Atlantic Flyway

    Birds of the Atlantic Flyway

    03/07/2017 - 03/28/2017

    Saint Simons Island lies along one of the largest trafficking migratory flight paths in North America! Learn about the different birds and ecosystems they require! The program starts at the breezeway outside the Visitor Center at Fort Frederica National Monument.

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  • Oglethorpe and the Wesleys at Fort Frederica

    Oglethorpe and the Wesleys at Fort Frederica

    03/08/2017 - 03/29/2017

    The faith of James Oglethorpe, John Wesley, and Charles Wesley led them into a wilderness to live out their vision of the Kingdom of God. Tour the town where these three men formed a partnership of Faith and Works. For this program, meet in the breezeway outside the Visitor Center at Fort Frederica National Monument.

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  • Soldier's Life

    Soldier's Life

    03/09/2017 - 03/30/2017

    Learn about the story of the individual soldier and his role in defending Frederica from Spanish destruction. It also relates the role of this military success in the eventual abandonment and ruin of Frederica.

    Meet in the breezeway outside the Visitor Center of Fort Frederica National Monument. A part of this presentation is a musket firing demonstration.

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  • Living History Demonstration on 18th Century Crafts and Trade

    Living History Demonstration on 18th Century Crafts and Trade

    03/11/2017 - 04/15/2017

    Join us for a living history demonstration at the herb garden behind the Visitor Center at Fort Frederica National Monument. The settlers of Frederica were chosen in part due to their professions as dyers, candlemakers, sawyers, blacksmiths, and more. Learn about the various techniques and skills of these trades and their importance to the settlement.

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  • Colonial Days Celebration

    Colonial Days Celebration

    03/25/2017 - 03/25/2017

    The event will feature hands-on activities of candle making (visitors will be able to dip and take home their own beeswax candle), tabby making (visitors will be able to create and take home their own small tabby block), Spanish Moss processing and pillow making (visitors will make their own small 3"x4" pillow), Natural Dying of cloth (visitors will be able to design and dye their own flag), 18th century children's games such a... read more