Fort Frederica National Monument, Saint Simons Island

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At Fort Frederica National Monument, learn how the British troops stopped the Spanish forces' attempt to capture the state and the rest of the South in a small but significant battle. The archaeological remnants of the seaside fort and surrounding town have been preserved, but much of the area’s history is still being discovered. Watch a film about the events at the fort in the visitor center before checking out the fort's well-preserved magazine and barracks. Drink machines and restrooms are available, and parking is free. Put Fort Frederica National Monument on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Saint Simons Island travel itinerary planner.
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  • This ancient fort is a historical archeologists dream. The US Park Service has done a great job preserving the site and their demonstrations and exhibits are informative. 
  • There is lovely visitor center with an informative and well done video. Afterwards, you can enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the fort site which is available on your cell phone. Each stop is clearl...  more »
  • We vacation in St Simons a few times a year usually. We never went to Fort Frederica until recently. We decided to check it out since we've done most of the tourist stuff there and weren't expecting m...  more »
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  • This place is not only free to enter but has friendly staff who are willing to share their knowledge with the public. A movie is shown every 30 minutes and is very well done and informative. The fort itself and all surrounding remains of buildings have amazing information areas full of facts and artifacts from the area. Deer and other animals roam the land unharmed and live with the beautiful trees and surrounding natural areas. Very impressive indeed
  • Nice rich coastal history to be found here, all for free. Just make sure to bring bug spray. Also, kids probably won't enjoy coming here. It can be a bit of a drag if you're not into reading plaques.
  • I am a writer and photographer for National Park Planner and I visited Fort Frederica National Monument in March 2016. The park is located off the coast of south Georgia on St. Simons Island and preserves the ruins of Fort Frederica and the town that surrounded it, Frederica. Both were founded by James Oglethorpe as a military base for the protection of Savannah, the largest town in the colony of Georgia when it was first established in 1733. By the early 1900s, the town had completely vanished and all that remained of the fort was the crumbling walls of the powder magazine and part of the barracks. In 1936, the Fort Frederica National Monument was created, setting into motion the means to stabilize the ruins and excavate the town site. Your first stop should be at the Visitor Center where you can speak to a Ranger about what there is to see and do at the park, pick up a free brochure, and watch a 20-minute film about the history of Fort Frederica. Once done, venture out to the town and fort site. Here you will find the foundations of original homes and the ruins of the fort and barracks. A tour of the grounds covers roughly one mile and should take no more than an hour of your time. For complete information about visiting the park, see the National Park Planner web site (npplan).
  • Amazing, one of a kind fort and town. Did not know this fort was so close or so large. Plan to spend almost a full day or enjoy multiple visits. Beautiful grounds. Saw a family of deer.
  • Very nice historic site near St. Simons island town. A great quick trip, and great walking location. The program is educational and helps you visualize what Ft. Frederica once was.