Fort Frederica National Monument
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
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
Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site, Free Parking, Gift Shop, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Picnic Area, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours
Family-friendly, Free Admission , Open Year 'Round, Pet-friendly
Group Reservations Required , Group-friendly
Near Interstate Highway
Suitable for Ages
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more