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“Beautiful...& A Great History Lesson!”

Fort Frederica National Monument
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Owner description: This beautiful park was the site of one of the first British colonies.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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236 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Beautiful...& A Great History Lesson!”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

When in the Low Country, make sure to add St. Simon's Island to your itinerary! In doing so, don't forget to visit Fort Frederica! Fort Frederica was established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe to protect the southern boundary of his new colony of Georgia from the Spanish in Florida. Colonists from England, Scotland and the Germanic states came to Georgia in support! Named for the Prince of Wales , Frederica was a military outpost consisting of a fort and a town! The fort's location on the Frederica River allowed it to control ship travel. I could go on and on with the history, but I won't. At the Welcome Center, allow the kids to dress up in period dress - even grown-ups will have fun! (We did!!) Also here you will find wonderful historical exhibits & artifacts from the 1700s found there on site! Here you will also find souvenirs, books & snacks to purchase. Take time to watch the short, but informative movie about Fort Frederica before moving on to the grounds.And don't forget the map from the Welcome Center...and the journey begins...down Broad Street where there are actual earthen remnants from the different shops and homes from that time so long ago! Along the way, there are signs explaining details about the town, such as who lived in what houses, the types of stores, barracks etc.You could even walk along the side streets, which were marked as well. With a bit of imagination, you could take in the hustle & bustle of the town of so many years ago! At the end of Broad Street is the Fort Frederica National Monument. Such a great way for all ages to get a wonderful history lesson!

Visited May 2013
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Middletown, New Jersey
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63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“What history to experience!”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Great movie before you go out on the grounds. The grounds are wonderful with plenty of posted information on the different properties. Be careful of the flies as they can be brutal. This was an amazing piece of history!

Visited May 2013
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Tempe, Arizona
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67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A little known piece of Georgia history”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Beautiful, peaceful spot with spectacular Live Oak trees draped with Spanish Moss. Visitors can view a 20 minute film that gives a good overview of the history and significance of Fort Fredericka. It is very interesting.

Exploring on our own, we saw the ruins, walked down the ancient Broad Street and saw the remnants of the earthen fortifications.

Visited June 2013
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Franklin, TN
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Add a Little History to your Vacation”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

As a homeschooling family, we drove out to Fort Frederica expecting to spend an hour and spent half a day.

Our kids enjoyed the short documentary films, dressing up in period costume, and examining the models of the buildings.

We all enjoyed wandering the grounds and ruins.

Take the drive out to the point. You won't be disappointed.

Visited August 2012
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Concord, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very Interesting Historical Site”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

This site showed where settlers came to Georgia and established a small town on the end of the island. It was a nice walk thru the old towne site with old live oak trees and lots of deer and birds around. The path ended at the edge of the waterway leading to the ocean. You need to go see this if you visit St. Simmons. Bring a little bug spray just in case :)

Visited June 2013
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