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 had the fort to ourselves with 3 awesome guys doing reenactments for us, we joined in also and had fun and learned so much about how the men lived and fought. The cannon firing was very cool. We sp...  more »
  • Very historic place and an important part of Savannah's history. When the River Cruise paddle steamer goes past they fire the cannon, it is very loud!  more »
  • My mom and I enjoyed the history behind the fort and we are very happy that it is there to be toured, however, it was not very exciting for us. We were here in their off season and we couldn't even go...  more »
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  • Fort Pulaski and Fort McAllister are both nearby and both offer a more interesting visiting experience. The only draw here is the cannon firing, which we missed. (We were told they were going to fire it at 4:30, but we heard it go off at 5:17...when we rushed over to see if they were going to fire again, the staff was not apologetic and just told us that we should always be early!). In all it was not a bad experience, but not worth a second visit. On contrast, we’ve been to Fort Pulaski at least 10 times and always find it interesting!
  • Just happened to stumble upon this treasure on our way back from FL to NC. Had enough time to check out one thing, so we headed over to Ft Jackson. What a great decision! Corp. Childers was an amazing story teller and really seems to love what he does. The firing of the cannon is pretty cool too! Highly recommended!
  • This just might be one of the best places to visit in Savannah! You should definitely go when they are having the cannon firing, we were surprised to also see a demonstration about the muskets soldiers used, and we each got to hold our own model musket and learn how to fire and march. How fun! There were other presentations in the fort as well, for example we saw one about surgery during the war time. Once you get to the top of the fort you can look across and see South Carolina.
  • One of the best staffed forts I've been too. When we arrived, they did an actual demonstration of a cannon, explaining historical context along the way, and then ran a mock skirmish for the kids to take part in. Great explanations of historical events going on at the time the fort was in use, and the staff acted like they were soldiers straight out of the war, and super friendly. The fort itself is not the largest or most intricate fort on the coast, but quite interesting and definitely worth going and walking through.
  • The historian guide was great! He made history fun to leave and made us laugh. The gift shop was great, and I loved the fort and cannon demonstrations. I will definitely go again!
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