Did you know that the Old Fort Jackson Historic Site in Savannah, Georgia is the oldest standing brick fort in the state? It was built in 1808 and is steeped in Southern history! At one time, the fort was a state-of-the-art defense against foreign attack. Now it’s a National Historic Landmark that attracts over 50,000 visitors each year! The next time you visit Savannah, take a trip to Old Fort Jackson and see what makes this fortress so special.
Spend an Afternoon at Old Fort Jackson
Old Fort Jackson is named after James Jackson, a one-time governor of Georgia who liberated Savannah from the British in 1782. Facing the Savannah River, the fort was originally built of earth, faced with brick, and topped with a gun platform of wood – making it one of the strongest fortifications in the country.
During the War of 1812, the United States anticipated an attack on Savannah and took several steps to prepare the fort for action. They built a palisade nearby, added a rail to the top of the cannon platform, and created a “hot shot furnace” where cannonballs could be heated to set attacking ships on fire. The war ended in 1815 with Savannah safe and secure, and today, much of the fort looks the same as it did 150 years ago.
Events & Attractions
One of the best ways to experience Old Fort Jackson is to take a self-guided tour. Visitors of all ages can enjoy cannon firings, interactive programs, and incredible views of the Savannah riverfront. Feel free to explore the fort’s many chambers where you’ll find tools and artifacts from the CSS Georgia. You’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time!
The Fort is also a great place to host an event. This 200-year-old venue has an enchanting and rustic atmosphere that’s perfect for weddings, corporate parties, and more. They even offer a variety of children’s birthday party options. Contact Natalie Butler at (912) 651-6823 for more information.
Hours & Cost
Old Fort Jackson is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is just $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12. Cannon-firing programs are presented daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the spring and summer months. Be sure to pick up a souvenir from the gift shop before you leave!
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Now that you know all about Old Fort Jackson, it’s time to book your stay at our Savannah bed and breakfast! Our inn is just a 10-minute drive from the Fort and has everything you need for a memorable getaway. Enjoy comfortable accommodations, luxurious amenities, and beautiful views throughout your stay. We even offer a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning! Hurry to our rooms page to see what’s available and contact us to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!
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