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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. 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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  • This is a small Fort but you could get the sense of history here and the drummer and marching army brought it to life with the cannons firing.  more »
  • The Sgt., fully dressed in his wool uniform, gave a fabulous detailed presentation! Visitors,young and old, became soldiers and were taught how to march to the drum,which was an important way to commu...  more »
  • We spent time here with our kids at Old Fort Jackson - their ages are 6, 4 & 1. While the adults loved it, we were surprised by how much our kids loved it and still talk about it. We went during a tim...  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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