The Best Reasons to Visit Old Fort Jackson

Built in 1808, the Old Fort Jackson Historic Site in Savannah, Georgia, is the oldest standing brick fort in the state and is steeped in Southern history. The fort was, at one time, surrounded by a moat and was a state-of-the-art defensive work that protected Savannah from foreign attack. Now a National Historic Landmark, the fort is operated by the Coastal Heritage Society and attracts over 50,000 visitors each year. The next time you stay at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn, take a quick 10-minute drive to Old Fort Jackson and see what makes this site so special!

Spend an Afternoon at Old Fort Jackson in Savannah

Rich History

Old Fort Jackson is named after one-time governor of Georgia, James Jackson, who led the force that 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, including building a palisade nearby, adding a rail to the top of the cannon platform, and creating a hot shot furnace where cannonballs could be heated to set attacking ships on fire. The war ended in 1815 with the city of Savannah still safe and secure, and today, much of the fort looks the same as it did 150 years ago.

Events & Attractions

When visiting Old Fort Jackson, guests can take a self-guided tour and watch cannon firings, enjoy interactive programs, and experience incredible views of the Savannah riverfront. Feel free to explore the interior rooms and chambers of the fort, where you’ll find weaponry, tools, and artifacts from the CSS Georgia and learn more about 19th-century life. The fort is also located just minutes from some of the city’s best attractions, including the Green-Meldrim House, Savannah-Ogeechee Canal, and the Oatland Island Wildlife Center, so you can have even more fun after visiting the fort. Don’t forget to bring your camera and be sure to stop by the gift shop before you leave!

Hours & Cost

Old Fort Jackson is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM, and admission is just $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12. The thrilling cannon-firing programs are presented daily at 10 AM and 2 PM throughout the spring and summer months.

Come Home to the Presidents’ Quarters Inn!

When planning your trip to Old Fort Jackson, be sure to book your stay at our Savannah bed and breakfast! Nestled in the heart of the historic district on Oglethorpe Square, our inn offers an exclusive location that is just steps away from the city’s incredible restaurants, shops, museums, historic sites, and much more. Plus, our elegant rooms and suites provide the peace and quiet you’ll need after a long day of exploration. We can’t wait to hear about what you discover at the fort!

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