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

  • First Day Hike at Fort Morris

    First Day Hike at Fort Morris

    01/01/2015 - 01/01/2015

    Join us for the First Day Hike at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Site interpreters will present soldier talks, musket demonstrations and a guided walk around the historic remains of the Revolutionary War fort, Fort Morris (Sunbury Fort).

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