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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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  • My wife and I and another couple spent an hour or 2 at this fort while sitting in on a tour by the girl scouts. There was a curator telling about the history of the fort and also shot 2 or 3 cannons d...  more »
  • We arrived late afternoon to tour this historical site on the river. There was a girl scout troop about to tour and we were told we could follow them- just not to answer any of the guide's questions a...  more »
  • If you're looking for something to do in the afternoon then go here. Call to find out what time they do the cannon firing. Its a great historical place, especially for curious kids. The people that wo...  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.
  • 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.
  • Let me start by saying my family and I love history and museums. I worked for a civil war museum for years. On to our experience. The staff was very rude. We have an annual park pass and simply asked if they accepted it there. She said no which is fine so we asked if they offered military discount. Most museums and attractions do. She didn't know so she asked on the walkie talkie radio and a man very harsh said absolutely not!! No discounts!! Which again is fine but then she looks at us and repeats exactly what we heard him say. Okay so then say no I'm sorry we don't and move on with the transaction, she didn't have to be rude. She didn't offer us a brochure or anything like the other families coming in. We paid for 2 adults and 2 kids and went about the fort. We were attacked by 100s of flies the whole walk and the place is small and not well kept. It was very annoying. Anyhow we won't be visiting again or taking family or friends when they visit. Fort Pulaski is where we will continue going.
  • Pretty neat place to visit. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely buy the gnat spray though!