Fort Darien

Fort Darien (HM6T8)

Location: Darien, GA 31305 McIntosh County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 22.091', W 81° 26.124'

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Fort Darien, laid out by General James Edward Oglethorpe in 1736, was built on this first high bluff of the Altamaha river to protect the new town of Darien. It was a large fortification, with two bastions and 2 half bastions, and was defended by several cannon.

From the time of its settlement by Scottish Highlanders in 1736, until after the Battle of Bloody Marsh in 1742, the town of Darien was in constant danger from the Spaniards of Florida. Often for weeks at a time the Highland soldiers were absent from home on military campaigns, with only a few men left to guard the women and children who, for safety, lived within the walls of the fort. On several occasions the post was fired upon by Spaniards or their Indian allies.

After the War with Spain was ended, the fort, no longer needed, fell into ruins, but was rebuilt and armed during the Revolution, when it again saw action, this time against British forces.
HM NumberHM6T8
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number095-18
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 1:00pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 458594 N 3470488
Decimal Degrees31.36818333, -81.43540000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 22.091', W 81° 26.124'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 22' 5.46" N, 81° 26' 7.44" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11 GA-25, Darien GA 31305, US
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