This is the oldest English fort remaining on Georgia's coast. From 1721 until 1736, Fort King George was the southern outpost of the British Empire in North America. A cypress blockhouse, barracks and palisaded earthen fort were constructed in 1721 by scoutmen led by Colonel John “Tuscarora Jack” Barnwell. For the next seven years, His Majesty’s Independent Company garrisoned the fort. They endured incredible hardships from disease, threats of Spanish and Indian attacks, and the harsh, unfamiliar coastal environment. After the fort was abandoned, General James Oglethorpe brought Scottish Highlanders to the site in 1736. The settlement, called Darien, eventually became a foremost export center of lumber until 1925.
Using old records and drawings, this 18th century frontier fortification on the Altamaha River has been reconstructed for public tours. Structures include a blockhouse, officers' quarters, barracks, a guardhouse, moat and palisades. A museum and film cover the Guale Indians, the Santo Domingo de Talaje mission, Fort King George, the Scots of Darien and 19th century sawmilling when Darien became a major seaport. In addition to the many fort buildings, remains of three sawmills and tabby ruins are still visible. This site is on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail.
Historic Site Hours:
Tuesday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Monday (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day.
Closed Tuesday when open on Monday.
Historic Site Admission:
- Adults (18–61): $7.50
- Seniors (62+): $7.00
- Youth (6–17): $4.50
- Children (under 6): Free
Group tours available for 15 or more people. Reservations required at least one week in advance.
• Fully Reconstructed Fort
• Museum & Film
• Gift Shop
• Nature Trail
• Picnic Area
Available in the Visitor Center
Things To Do & See:
• Kayak & Canoe Rental
• Birthday Parties
• Group Pioneer Campouts
• Birding — Colonial Coast Birding Trail
• Brunswick & The Golden Isles of Georgia
• Fort Frederica
• Fort McAllister State Park
• Fort Morris Historic Site
• Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
• Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
• Jekyll Island Historic District
• Lewis Island Natural Area
• McIntosh Old Jail Art Center
• Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve