Jefferson Davis Historic Site

Fitzgerald
Plantation Trace

Jefferson Davis Historic Site

Jefferson Davis Historic Site

338 Jeff Davis Park Rd.
Fitzgerald, GA 31750

229-831-2335

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This historic site is now operated by Irwin County.

When Confederate President Jefferson Davis and a few remaining staff members crossed the Savannah River into Georgia on May 3, 1865, they were headed for the Western theater of war, where Davis planned to unite rebel forces and continue fighting for the "lost cause." On May 9, 1865, they camped in this pine forest, not knowing that pursuit was so close behind. At dawn, they were surrounded by two independent groups of Union cavalry who were unaware of each other's presence. Gunfire ensued until the federal forces realized they had been shooting at one another. Two Union cavalrymen died during the skirmish. Davis was taken prisoner and held in Virginia for two years until released. Today, a monument marks the spot where he was arrested. Visitors can tour the 13-acre historic site that includes a museum, short trail, a gift shop, picnic tables and a group shelter.

  • Info & Amenities
  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 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

    Admission $2.75 to $4.00

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    75

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

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