Savannah is a city filled with history, fountains, monuments, parks, old oak trees and Southern hospitality. It's a wonderful city to tour on foot while you explore the many Squares and Historical Buildings and savor the best Southern Comfort Food of grits, sweet potato souffle and fried chicken. You can also venture out with a short drive or cruise along the Savannah River to the Old Fort Jackson.
Old Fort Jackson is located just outside the City Savannah. This is the oldest standing brick fort in Georgia and one of the five surviving Second System Seacoast Forts in the United States. Most of the original fort design and functional parts are still in existence (not re-constructed). It is currently run by volunteers under Coastal Heritage Society.
As you walk through this quiet fort, history seems to come alive. In order to protect this precious land, President Thomas Jefferson commanded the building of Fort Jackson. When the war broke out in 1812, the Fort was ready to face its enemy, with its moat filled with water from the Savannah River, 24 pounder cannon set to fire and food and water stored and ready for the soldiers. But the Fort was never under attacked.
From the highest point of the Fort, you could see the skyline of the City of Savannah, the Tallmadge Bridge and cruise boat sailing in the distant sky along Savannah River. It takes minutes to drive from Old Savannah to the Fort. Old Fort Jackson is a must-see if you are a history enthusiast. It is categorized as a National Historic Landmark of the United States.
The Old Fort Jackson is a great place for kids and adults to get acquainted with the history of the United States this week as we celebrate Independence Day. The Fort offers weekend cannon firings and daily interactive programs from March through October. It requires about an hour to visit the Fort.
For more information, please visit Coastal Heritage Society website. Here are site hours, location and fees:
Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd, Savannah, GA 31404. Phone : 912-232-3945
Open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
Admission fee: $6 per adult. Children under 6 free with accompanied adult.
Happy 4th July. Travel safe and enjoy. Let us know if you have visited Old Fort Jackson. Comment below.