2016 is a pretty big year for a number of reasons. It marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the city of Savannah’s designation as a National Historic Landmark. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service! Consequently, a lot of exciting events are planned throughout the year. (more…)
Fort Pulaski National Monument is rich in history and contemporary outdoor recreation. It’s a wonderful place for guests of our Savannah Vacation Homes to visit.
Fort Pulaski has had many jobs over the years. It was originally constructed in the early 1830s to protect the Port of Savannah from foreign invasion. During the Civil War, Fort Pulaski was home to both Confederate and Union troops. It was the final stop on the Underground Railroad before emancipation on nearby Cockspur Island. Later, the fort served as a military and political prison.
Tours of Pulaski National Monument are given twice daily and last approximately an hour. Visitors learn about Civil War technology, life at the fort, and the Battle for Fort Pulaski of 1862.
In addition to learning about the history of the place, visitors can spend many peaceful hours enjoying its natural setting. Trails lead along marshes, through the fort’s original construction village, and around Fort Pulaski. Views of the Cockspur Island Lighthouse, the Savannah River, and the fort itself are unparalleled.
There are also many interpretive programs at Fort Pulaski. Visitors may tour the lighthouse, learn about Musket Firing, and see a cannon fired. Special events, such as guided boat trips around the island, take place from time to time.