Located at 1 Fort Jackson Road in Savannah, Old Fort Jackson was named after one-time governor of Georgia, James Jackson. James Jackson led the force that liberated Savannah from the British in 1782. Now a beautifully preserved fort along the Savannah River, it is Georgia’s oldest standing brick fortification.
Old Fort Jackson is one of only a few forts on the East Coast to have been in service during the Civil War and the War of 1812. A number of different military units were garrisoned at the fort, but the 22nd Georgia Heavy Artillery was garrisoned there the longest.
Fast forward to 1976, the Coastal Heritage Society opened Fort Jackson to the public. Progress continued, and it became recognized and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2000. It’s now one of only eight remaining Second System coastal brick fortifications in the United States.
It is the fort’s rich history that makes it so appealing to visitors. Much of the fort is as it appeared 150 years ago. Most of the brick is original, though some parts of it have been rebuilt and a lot of preservation work has occurred.
So what can visitors expect? When you visit Old Fort Jackson, you can watch cannon firings and take part in daily interactive programs. Because it is so close to Savannah’s Historic District, you’ll experience unique views of Savannah’s riverfront skyline and the Talmadge Bridge while walking the grounds of one of the oldest brick fortifications on the East Coast. All of the Historic District’s great attractions like the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Savannah History Museum and the Green-Meldrim House, are located within ten to fifteen minutes of the fort.
Again, you do not want to miss the opportunity to visit historic Old Fort Jackson. Also, make sure to stop by the gift shop in the Tybee Depot. Previously located at the corner of President Street and Randolph Street in Savannah before the construction of Highway 80, visitors had to pass through the Tybee Depot to board the train bound for Tybee.
So here’s what you need to know when planning your trip. Old Fort Jackson is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7 per adult and $4 for children ages 2 to 12. Fort Jackson sees about 50,000 visitors each year and it can also be rented for events like birthday parties or group tours. Click here for more information on planning your event.
Now that you’re ready to visit, don’t forget to reserve your room at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn Bed and Breakfast. Our historic bed and breakfast in Savannah, Georgia is the perfect place to stay while taking in all Old Fort Jackson has to offer. Presidents’ Quarters is nestled in the heart of Savannah’s historic district on Oglethorpe Square, offering an exclusive location that is just steps away from all the great attractions. Click here to view our rooms and rates!
Photo courtesy of: Coastal Heritage Society