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Fort King George

Just to the north of Glynn County, Darien is home to a historical attraction that makes an interesting daytrip to McIntosh County.

Fort King George.From 1721-1736, 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, unfamilar coastal enviroment. After the fort was abandoned, General James Oglethorpe brought Scottish Highlanders to the site 1736. The settlements, called Darien, eventually became a foremost export center of lumber until1925.

Using old records and drawings, this 18th century frontier fortication on the Altamaha River has been reconstructed for public tours. 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 frot replica, remains of three sawmills and tabby ruins are still visible.

Hours of Operation

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Closed Monday (except legal holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Closed Tuesday when open Monday.

Small admission fee. Group rates avalible with advanced notice. Picnic tables and bus parking avalible.


Fort King George State Historic Site
P.O. Box 711
Darien, Georgia 31305

Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
205 Butler Street, Suite 1352 East
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
(770)-389-7404 TDD

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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Lewis Island Natural Area
Fort Morris State Historic Site Georgia's Golden Isles
Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve Historic District, Jekyll Island
Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Museums
Fort Frederica Beaches