The Coast / Midway

Fort Morris State Historic Site

2559 Fort Morris Rd.
Midway, GA 31320

912-884-5999
  • Fort Morris Re-enactment

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  • Civil War Re-enactment

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  • Earthworks

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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

    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

    Gift Shop, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    95

    Site Information

    Primitive Camp Sites Available

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Labor Day Commemoration

    Labor Day Commemoration

    09/05/2016 - 09/05/2016

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

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  • Spruce Up the Fort - Your State Parks Day

    Spruce Up the Fort - Your State Parks Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    Assist with sprucing up the fort by doing minor maintenance and clean up projects. Lunch and goodies will be provided, as well as a good feeling for giving back to nature and the park.

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  • "Come and Take It!" A Revolutionary War Encampment

    11/19/2016 - 11/19/2016

    This American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender. Enjoy colonial demonstrations, musket & cannon drills, musket, blacksmithing and more.

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  • Colonial Christmas

    Colonial Christmas

    12/03/2016 - 12/03/2016

    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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