Old Fort Jackson, Savannah

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Through cannon and rifle firing demonstrations and tour guides dressed as Confederate soldiers, Savannah's rich history comes to life at Old Fort Jackson. Offering a view of the Savannah River, this National Historic Landmark is the oldest remaining brick fort in Georgia. Named after James Jackson, a British native who fought for American independence, the fort was constructed between 1808 and 1812 under the orders of President Thomas Jefferson. Deemed the best site from which to protect Savannah from attack by sea, the fort was used by local militias and U.S. troops in the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Be sure to peek inside the quarters where the soldiers stayed and make it to the rampart in time to see the cannon demonstration. Put Old Fort Jackson into our Savannah day trip planning site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We visited this fort with friends and had the extra bonus as the local arts college had a class there working on sound recordings. Great guides added to the experience.  more »
  • It is interesting and there are lots of things to look at. It’s a good stop if you have some extra time.  more »
  • Definitely make a point to go here, and try to be here when they do a presentation/cannon firing. It made my time here that much more interesting. They go into the history of the fort, as well as the ...  more »
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  • I loved this Fort! It was one of the last places I visited while in Savannah and I'm glad I did. First the entry is only $7. They had daily cannon firing demonstrations. The layout and rooms are quite interesting and are more than just empty rooms. They tried to make it so you can actually see the items of how things appeared back in the day. Worth the visit if in the area. To be honest I liked this Fort better than the one in Saint Augustine.
  • I had a nice time here. It is a small fort but the guides who are dressed in period clothing make this fun. The rifle and canon demonstrations were great. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the fort and it's importance to Savannah. Spent about two hours there. Advice: bring sunscreen and bug spray ☺
  • Had a great time visiting the Fort today. It is very small but we really enjoyed exploring it. The staff was amazing and knowledgeable. Noah took photos of our family, and gave us tons of awesome info! Definitely worth the visit!
  • We did the girl scout experience. Our guide Walter was wonderful. He added humor and made it educational and age appropriate. The girls had a great time. It was an awesome experience.
  • A nice, well kept fort with enthusiastic curators and regular historical story telling by in character staff. My group was also shown a live firing of the cannon at the end of the presentation with the curator in full period gear. It was a great experience and I hope to return. Also, they have a gift shop, several restrooms, and snacks

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A city known for its bed and breakfast spots, Savannah has no shortage of accommodations for travelers. Whether you're backpacking through the South or looking for a luxurious getaway, this town boasts several hostels and unique inns with plenty of personality, as well as luxury hotels. If you've come to explore the city's history and architecture, stay in its famous historical center. For relaxing views, head to a bed and breakfast overlooking the riverbank or along Forsyth Park. Partiers and budget travelers can find more affordable accommodations throughout the city. Just remember to book well in advance if visiting for the massive St. Patty's Day celebration.
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