The Coast / Darien

Fort King George State Historic Site

302 McIntosh Rd. SE
Darien, GA 31305

912-437-4770
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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.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 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

    Adults $7.50

    Child (under 6) Free

    Group tours available for 25 or more people. Reservations required at least one week in advance. please call 912-437-4770

    Seniors (62+) $7.00

    Youth (ages 6-17) $4.50

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    95

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Fright at the Fort

    Fright at the Fort

    10/28/2017 - 10/28/2017

    Join us for a night of thrills and chills. From 6-7 p.m., children ages 3-10 can trick-or-treat at numerous spooky spots within the fort. Then, from 8-10 p.m., beware of ghosts, ghouls, and goblins as the fort and nature trail transform into a spectacularly spooky, shudder-inducing experience. Bring along your friends and family if you dare!

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  • Debatable Land: A Colonial Reenactment, Family Days

    Debatable Land: A Colonial Reenactment, Family Days

    11/11/2017 - 11/12/2017

    Visit the site and witness a battle reenactment at 3 p.m. each afternoon. Honor America's Veterans with a special Morning Colors ceremony on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. A colonial fashion show, blacksmithing, cannon firing, cooking demo, cavalry demo, and more, will take place each day.

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  • Colonial Christmas at Fort King George

    Colonial Christmas at Fort King George

    12/09/2017 - 12/09/2017

    Join the Friends of Fort King George for a traditional dinner in the soldier's barracks, and an evening of colonial style Yuletide jollification. Program concludes with a cannon firing. Reservations required.

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