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

  • Intro to Kayaking

    Intro to Kayaking

    08/26/2017 - 08/26/2017

    In this class, our rangers will teach you the basics of kayaking and take you out on the beautiful Black Island Creek. Open to people 12 years and older who are able to swim. Equipment is provided, but please bring water and sunscreen. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you don't mind getting wet. Registration is required.

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  • Labor Day Weekend Living History

    Labor Day Weekend Living History

    09/03/2017 - 09/03/2017

    The fort will come to life as colonial people demonstrate various tasks. Visit the site this day and enjoy watching a volunteer make colonial style "boondoggle" decorations from woven blades of grass. Also, there will be demonstrations of spinning wool into thread.

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  • Labor Day Commemoration

    Labor Day Commemoration

    09/04/2017 - 09/04/2017

    Enjoy cannon firings and musket firings. Also, to mark the occasion, the fort seamstress, blacksmith and woodworker will all be plying their trades.

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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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