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

  • Memorial Day Celebration

    Memorial Day Celebration

    05/26/2018 - 05/28/2018

    Join the Friends of Fort King George for a holiday weekend of craft demonstrations and soldiers' life activities.

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  • Cannons Across the Marsh

    Cannons Across the Marsh

    07/04/2018 - 07/04/2018

    Join the soldiers at the fort for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, and soldiers' life activities to honor Independence Day.

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  • Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills

    Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills

    08/11/2018 - 08/11/2018

    From the earliest days of the humble tidal powered sawmill, to the later industrial scale steam operated sawmills, this site was utilized for centuries to process Yellow Pine, as well as Cypress, from the Altamaha River. Join the ranger on a walking tour as they visit the actual locations of the mills.

    Saturday, August 11, 2018
    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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  • Labor Day Commemoration

    Labor Day Commemoration

    09/03/2018 - 09/03/2018

    Join the Friends of Fort King George for a day of artillery drills, blacksmithing, and soldiers' life activities. Learn about the various types of laborers of the past.

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  • Your State Parks Day

    Your State Parks Day

    09/29/2018 - 09/29/2018

    Your State Parks Day is an opportunity to give back, so lend a hand and help us with our volunteer project on the park. Wear clothing suitable to work outdoors. Volunteers receive free admission.

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  • Fright at the Fort

    Fright at the Fort

    10/27/2018 - 10/27/2018

    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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