Old Fort King George

Old Fort King George (HM71E)

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

N 31° 21.859', W 81° 24.937'

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Site of old Fort King George, built in 1721 by Col. John Barnwell, of South Carolina, under British Royal orders. This tiny cypress blockhouse, 26 feet square, with 3 floors, and a lookout in the gable from which the guard could watch over the Inland Waterway and St. Simon`s Island, was flanked by officers quarters and barracks, and the entire area was surrounded on all but the river side by a moat and palisades. Garrisoned by his Majesty`s Independent Company, with replacements of Colony scouts, the fort was occupied for six years. During that time more than 140 officers and soldiers lost their lives here and were buried on the adjacent bluff. The first of the British 18th century scheme of posts built to counteract French expansion in America, Fort King George was also a flagrant trespass upon Spanish territory, and during its occupation Spain continually demanded that it be destroyed.

The troops were withdrawn to Port Royal in 1727, but until Oglethorpe arrived in Savannah in 1733 South Carolina kept two lookouts at old Fort King George
HM NumberHM71E
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number095-19
Year Placed1957
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 5:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 460474 N 3470053
Decimal Degrees31.36431667, -81.41561667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 21.859', W 81° 24.937'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 21' 51.54" N, 81° 24' 56.22" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1475-1509 McIntosh Rd, Darien GA 31305, US
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