The Coast / St. Simons Island

Fort Frederica National Monument and Bloody Marsh Battle Site

6515 Frederica Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

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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


    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


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • International Archaeology Day Celebration

    International Archaeology Day Celebration

    10/21/2017 - 10/21/2017

    The staff at Fort Frederica National Monument, a unit of the National Park Service, will host  Archaeology in Georgia: Past and Present, on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be activities for children, exhibits, and presentations by area archaeologists and historians. The goal is to celebrate archaeology, while promoting resource protection and stewardship of archaeological sites in Georgia and around the world!

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  • Colonial Days Living History Festival

    Colonial Days Living History Festival

    03/24/2018 - 03/24/2018

    Join Fort Frederica as we celebrate the skills, trades, and lifestyles of the early Georgia Colonists. Engage in hands-on activities such as candle making, cloth dying, and 18th century children's games, while walking among the Spanish, British, and Scottish soldiers as they attend to their military duties.

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