The Coast / Midway

Fort Morris State Historic Site

2559 Fort Morris Road
Midway, GA 31320

912-884-5999
  • Fort Morris Re-enactment

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  • Earthworks

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  • Civil War Re-enactment

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When the Continental Congress convened in 1776, the delegates recognized the importance of a fort to protect their growing seaport from the British. Soon afterward, a low bluff on the Medway River at Sunbury was fortified and garrisoned by 200 patriots. When the British demanded the fort's surrender on November 25, 1778, the defiant Col. John McIntosh replied, "Come and take it!" The British refused and withdrew back to Florida. Forty-five days later, they returned with a superior force, and on January 9, 1779, Fort Morris fell after a short but heavy bombardment. Under the name of Fort Defiance, this bulwark was once again used against the British during the War of 1812, and Sunbury's harbor was guarded by armed barges. Today, visitors can stand within the earthwork remains and view scenic Saint Catherines Sound. A museum and film describe the colonial port of Sunbury and the site's history.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $4.50

    Child (under 6) $1.00

    Group rates available with advance notice. please call 912-884-5999

    Seniors (62+) $4.00

    Youth (ages 6-17) $3.00

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Gift Shop

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    95

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Labor Day Commemoration

    Labor Day Commemoration

    09/01/2014 - 09/01/2014

    Commemorate Labor Day holiday with hourly soldier talks and musket and cannon firings at this scenic coastal fort.

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  • Volunteer at the Fort Work Day - Your State Parks Day

    Volunteer at the Fort Work Day - Your State Parks Day

    09/27/2014 - 09/27/2014

    Bring your blue tee shirt (from last year), work clothes, work gloves, sun block, bug spray and some enthusiasm to help the staff clean up the fort and grounds. Refreshments will be provided.

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  • "Come and Take It!" Revolutionary War Encampment

    11/22/2014 - 11/22/2014

    Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 11 AM to 4 PM - Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway, GA - This American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender. Enjoy colonial demonstrations, musket and cannon drills, a skirmish and more. Interpreters in historical attire will represent a variety of colonial life.

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  • Colonial Christmas

    Colonial Christmas

    12/06/2014 - 12/06/2014

    Get away from the over-commercialization of the holidays and visit Fort Morris for a more peaceful celebration. Join park staff for colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire,18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns.

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