The Coast / Savannah

Old Fort Jackson

1 Ft. Jackson Rd.
Savannah, GA 31404

912-232-3945
  • Catch our Spring and Summer Cannon Firing series and informational Life as a Soldier at Fort Jackson program

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  • The Savannah River just past the moat surrounded Old Fort Jackson

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  • Old Fort Jackson at night

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  • Old Fort Jackson brings history to live!

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  • Available for Weddings, Receptions, Corporate Dinners and more! Contact our event coordinator to plan your next special event!

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  • Annual Old Fort Jackson Auction & Low Country Boil: Fireworks show with one of the cannons in the foreground

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  • Old Fort Jackson, view of the old rice fields with the Fort exterior in the background

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Georgia's oldest standing brick fortification perches on the banks of the Savannah River so its guns could fire on any vessel coming into Savannah. Chances are good that you will get an up-close view of an oceangoing ship during your visit. Walk on the parapet of the fort and investigate the structure's many nooks and crannies. Two powder magazines and most of the casemates are open to the public, and they contain displays of weaponry and tools used at the fort and artifacts from the CSS Georgia, a Confederate ironclad whose remains lay on the river bottom a few hundred feet away. The 9-inch Dahlgren cannon is one of the largest functional pieces of pre Civil War–era heavy artillery in the United States. Cannon-firing programs are presented daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. throughout the spring and summer. 

Construction of Fort Jackson was begun in 1808. It was manned during the War of 1812, and Confederate forces used it as headquarters of the Savannah River defenses during most of the Civil War. It was garrisoned by Union troops after the city's surrender in December 1864.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 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

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Gift Shop, Maps & Brochures Available, Party Facilities, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Pets Accepted

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Payment Options

    American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages