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Old Fort Jackson, Savannah
(4.6/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
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. Old Fort Jackson is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Savannah Edition.
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  • Fort Jackson is about 10 min outside of downtown Savannah. It's an important landmark frequently referenced in historical narratives. Because of high expectations, touring it was a little underwhelmin...  more »
  • My husband and I visited the park as part of a 3 park pass. We happened to go on veteran's day and got to honor veterans by stating their names when doing the parade of arms, which was a humbling expe...  more »
  • We enjoy the presentation of how the soldiers lived and defending the fort. The fired a flint gun and a cannon showing how fast soldiers had to be. The tour was about 1 hour long and very interesting....  more »
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  • Great place to visit! Great place to take your kids! My family enjoyed our time at fort jackson. The guys running the fort were very hands on, and in the few hours we were there,they had multple cannon demonstrations,musket drills,and we were involved in a bayonet charge. The fort is not tax funded,so please visit this fort and keep this historic gem funded for future generations to enjoy.
  • Easy to get to. Very friendly staff. Live Canon firing demo was great. But not a whole lot to do here. Can easily check out the place in under 45 mins.
  • Very cool experience! Copl. Ben Wheeler gave an awesome demonstration firing at the river boats. There is so much history in Savannah and this fort is a must see!
  • Live cannon firing was great. Knowledgeable staff and amazing location. Great original pieces.
  • Took our Girl Scout Troop there for an interactive tour/demo. It was awesome! Highly recommend!