Old Fort Jackson is named in honor of Georgia governor and Revolutionary War soldier James Jackson. Built in 1808, it is the oldest standing fort in Georgia. The fort is one of only eight Second System fortifications (a series of forts built prior to the War of 1812) still standing in the United States. This is a great place for adults and kids to see the history of Georgia.
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Fort Jackson is the oldest standing brick fortification in the state of Georgia. It's located just south of the City and there are signs that will lead you there. Construction began on the fort in 1808 and the Fort served as an important defense for the city of Savannah. It was occupied by the Confederates in the war of Northern Aggression.
Walking around the fort and knowing what a hot Savannah day is like leads you to the conclusion that the Fort was probably miserable duty. If the heat didn't put you down, the insects probably carried you off.
The Fort is in good condition and is pretty accessible. It's nowhere near the size of Pulaski located further down the river but it is an excellent example of the Pre-1812 construction of Coastal defenses.
Today it's managed by the Coastal Historical Society through a lease with the state of Georgia. The cost to get in is only a little over $4.00.
Part of a series of 9 fortifications to protect the seaports. Headquarters for the Confederate river
defenses during the Civil War.
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