The Coast / Darien

Fort King George Historic Site

302 McIntosh Rd. SE
Darien, GA 31305

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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


    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Colonial Medicine and Medicine Gardens

    Colonial Medicine and Medicine Gardens

    02/24/2017 - 02/25/2017

    Discover how Georgia Colonists treated illness with medicinal plants and animals. Help the apothecary mix "remedies" -tinctures and balms made from plants that the Native American and Colonial settlers gathered in the wild and grew in their own gardens.

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  • Clicks in the Night - A Batty Experience

    Clicks in the Night - A Batty Experience

    02/26/2017 - 02/26/2017

    Help fight mosquitoes year-round and complete a project with the family by installing a home-made Bat House for your yard. Come just to learn about bats or pre-register to build your own bat box. Materials are limited, so call to reserve your spot.

    Sunday, February 26, 2017
    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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  • Scottish Heritage Days: A Colonial Reenactment

    Scottish Heritage Days: A Colonial Reenactment

    03/11/2017 - 03/12/2017

    Celebrate the first settlers of Darien with living history demonstrations that portray colonial - particularly Scottish - culture. A battle re-enactment will take place at 3 p.m. On Sunday, join a Kirkin of the Tartans, which is a Scottish blessing ceremony.

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  • Weapons That Made America

    Weapons That Made America

    04/22/2017 - 04/22/2017

    Come learn about the various small arms and artillery used during this monumental era. Weapon firings will take place throughout the day. In this program, we will trace the origins of gunpowder weapons from their earliest use, up through the Civil War.

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  • Cannons Across the Marsh

    Cannons Across the Marsh

    07/04/2017 - 07/04/2017

    Join the soldiers at the fort for a day of artillery drills, musket firings, and soldier's life activities to honor Independence Day. Free watermelon and lemonade will be served.

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  • Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills

    Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills

    08/12/2017 - 08/12/2017

    Fort King George State Historic Site will be hosting Sights and Sounds of the Sawmills. From the earliest days of the humble tidal powered sawmill, to the later industrial scale steam operated sawmills, this very site was utilized for centuries to process Yellow Pine, as well as Cypress, from the Altamaha River.

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