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“Nice way to spend a few hours on St. Simons”

Fort Frederica National Monument
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Owner description: This beautiful park was the site of one of the first British colonies.
Lansing, Michigan
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466 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 781 helpful votes
“Nice way to spend a few hours on St. Simons”
Reviewed November 18, 2010

We had good weather when we visited, so this probably helped our experience immensly but we enjoyed seeing the ruins of the fort and town. We also learned a lot as well. We are not from the area and had no idea a battle had been fought between the British and the Spanish on the Island.

It is hard to believe today but Fort Frederica and this Island was a major British military outpost. The result of the battle was that the St. Mary's River became the border between the British and Spanish and remains as the border between Georgia and Florida today.

Admission is still $3.00/person and we watched the 23 minute film in the visitors center before exploring the grounds. I highly recommend seeing the film before you walk around the grounds. It will really help you understand what you are seeing.

As others have said, there are only pieces of what once remained but you can definitely tell there was a village and fort located here and there are lots of signs to explain the excavations.

It actually is quite peaceful to walk around the oaks and Spanish moss and just take in the beautiful grounds.

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georgia
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“Great family trip!”
Reviewed June 29, 2010

We had a great time viewing the Fort Frederica Monument. The staff was great and very informative. The movie is a must see for any history buff. The grounds are well kept and easy to access.

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Barney, Georgia
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“Georgia History to experience”
Reviewed May 24, 2010

Not a huge site but an insightful look into the very beginning of Georgian history. Nice artifacts, well maintained site. Lots of wildlife along with the sights.

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Lake Mary, Florida
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“Nice Historic Site”
Reviewed April 11, 2010

$3.00 per person entry fee, Junior ranger program for kids. There isn't a big rebuilt fort, but there are some preserved remains, as well as the foundations for several of the houses and a lot of artifacts that were excavated at the site. I really liked how they had objects found at many of the homes displayed by the homes they were found at. Also an old burial ground. There is a site nearby where a battle took place between the English and Spanish to determine ownership of the land called the Bloody Marsh. Unfortunately, it is hard to find, the staff at the visitor's center can give you directions, but not a map to it. We ended up finding it just by blind luck. We went in early April and the deer flies weren't there yet (the rangers say that umbrellas are good to deter them) but the sand gnats were there, as long as you never stood in one place for very long, they were tolerable.

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Oregon Coast
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“18th Century fort and town”
Reviewed January 20, 2010

In the mid 18th Century, Fort Frederica was the hub of British military operations in the frontier known as Georgia. Built in 1736, it had wide streets and many houses, as well as the fort located on the Frederica River. There were even orange trees lining the streets, and descendants of those trees still grow there today. At its peak, the military town had about 500 people.

James Oglethorpe was the founder of the fort and town, whose purpose was to defend English territory against the Spanish.

The town of Fort Frederica did not live long, however, as Oglethorpe returned to England and the Spanish threat diminished, people gradually moved on to other areas. Just 20 years after its beginning, the town was abandoned.

Today the town is an archeological site, and it's possible to see the remains of homes, barracks, one of the bastions that portected the town and of course, the fort itself. The location is lovely, set in a pretty green field with trees all around. There is a small visitors center as you enter the site.

Worth a stop to get a glimpse into history.

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