Fort Frederica National Monument, Saint Simons Island

Categories: Monuments, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • For us adults on the trip, this was an interesting and education piece of Georgia history. For the younger kids with us, it was boring before we got out of the car. They have an inside area with a som...  read more »
  • This was our 4th fort and was by far the most unique because it wasn't just a fort it also included the remains from the British settlement. The tour was well narrated with signs that helped you creat...  read more »
  • Historical must see sight! Located on St. Simons island, and there are other sites near by such as the Bloody Marsh... beautiful views! Watch out for those mosquitos!! 
  • 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).
  • 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
  • Pretty neat place, it's worth stopping by if you're on the island. It's pretty cool and educational. But be warned, if you go in early summer the gnats can be pretty bad. Make sure you pick up some spray at their front desk in the gift shop before you go out to the fort itself.
  • 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.
  • My best friend and I visited this place, we had a pretty good time and its free! Be aware of the horse flies though they will follow you lol around but they're closer to the tall trees.
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