The Coast / Darien

Fort King George 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

  • First Day Hike

    First Day Hike

    01/01/2017 - 01/01/2017

    Join a ranger-led hike of the nature trail and fort area at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

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  • Scottish Heritage Day Encampment

    Scottish Heritage Day Encampment

    03/11/2017 - 03/12/2017

    A variety of living history demonstrations portraying colonial and particularly Scottish culture will be featured. A battle re-enactment will take place at 3 p.m. Celebrate the first settlers of Darien.

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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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