Old Fort Jackson celebrated its bicentennial in May 2008, making it the oldest standing brick fortification in Georgia! A National Historic Landmark, 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.
Join thousands of visitors who enjoy the fort every year, and experience military exhibits, daily cannon firing demonstrations during the summer, and a serene environment with a great view of the Savannah River.
Built on the site of a battery used in the American Revolution, construction began in 1808 under the supervision of a ninteen year old graduate of West Point named William McCree.
The fort protected Savannah during the War of 1812 and served as teh headquarters for the Savannah River defenses during the Civil War. Confederate troops garrisoned the fort and protected Savannah for most of the war. The city and Fort Jackson finally fell to Union forces in December 1864 when General William Tecumseh Sherman ended his famous “March to the Sea” in Savannah.
After the Civil War, the fort was abandoned by the army and fell into disrepair. Sitting abandoned and neglected for most of the twentieth century, the non-profit Coastal Heritage Society assumed management of Old Fort Jackson in 1975 and has preserved this National Historic Landmark for future generations.
For a detailed history of the fort, click here.
Old Fort Jackson – 1 Fort Jackson Rd., Savannah, GA 31404
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 .pm.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
$7.00 – Adults
Free – Children under 6 with guardian
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