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Old Fort Jackson, Savannah

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Military Museum · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Savannah holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Old Fort Jackson and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Wonderful tour; must see!!! Great performance by 1st Sgt Bradford. Demonstrated muzzle loader; fired 2 cannons. Great overview of the military procedures of the time period.  more »
  • Guide / Animator gave a great historical discussion and demonstration including firing old muskets and cannon. Very entertaining and knowledgeable  more »
  • Great place to stop and "live' history with a cannon shot and see the artifacts of times the fort was used to protect our country. Although we can't compare it to area forts, this was a great place.....  more »
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  • OUTSTANDING! The cannon fire is cool! The talk was highly informative and lots of fun! My son was involved in the filming of the movie, Emperor, staged here recently. It's a great stop!
  • Great fort. Good guides providing info. Everyone was super friendly. I highly recommend a visit here if you are interested in the history of Savannah. My daughter was fascinated by the huge cargo ships. The firing of the cannon as the paddleboat passes is awesome. That happens shortly after 4 PM by the way.
  • It was an amazing experience for my 8yr old grandson and myself. The staff were very helpful and very informed about the fort. It was a great day. We just saw the sign as we were driving. Very happy that we decided to stop and check it out.
  • We had a great time exploring Fort Jackson. It was small enough that things were fairly close together, which was helpful for our crowd of 5 kids 5 and under. Logan was an excellent guide who came over to us several times to engage us with the history of the fort. He let the kids raise and lower one of the big cannons, gave a cannon firing demonstration, and braved the heat to talk to us overlooking the river while we had a picnic. The store is small, but has some snacks, water, and souvenirs. The bathroom was clean. Overall a great, intimate way to explore some of Savannah's history.
  • Pretty good attraction and involves everyone to participate in marching, handling wooden muskets and a short battle. Cannons fired and kids loved it. The guides/actors were well versed in the history and engaged with the story telling.

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