Take part in an annual fundraiser for Georgia’s oldest brick fort and national historic landmark, Fort Jackson. This incredible riverfront fortification is truly a tribute to Savannah’s history. A silent auction, music, canon firings as well as programs for kids and families are all part of the fun on Saturday, August 24.
Don’t forget about the food! The Lowcountry boil will be a delicious feast of fresh Georgia shrimp. Get more information about the Fort and the boil at the Coastal Heritage Society website
About Old Fort Jackson
Inside the walls of Old Fort Jackson
History buffs will love taking a trip to Old Fort Jackson. The landmark offers daily cannon firings year-round, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Daily interactive programs are scheduled March through October. The Fort’s position on the river also provides unique views of Savannah’s skyline and the Talmadge Bridge.
What is a Lowcountry Boil?
This seafood dish is traditionally a combination of shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes. It is a great dish to prepare when serving a large group. Lowcountry boil is usually served on newspaper for easy clean up. Crab, onion, and butter are frequent additions to the pot, and having a removable drain basket only makes cooking easier. The rule of thumb here is the bigger the crowd, the bigger the pot!
Lodging for Georgia Travels
Whether you visit Savannah each year, or this is your first time to our historic and beautiful city, our centrally located guest homes are the best way to enjoy Savannah. A private and well appointed home to return to at the end of the day can make all the difference. We can also accommodate large groups, family reunions, meetings and weddings
Many guests of our Savannah Vacation Rentals take time to explore a bit of Savannah’s history while in town, whether here for business, a wedding, or simply pleasure. Old Fort Jackson is a great place to start.
Savannah’s Old Fort Jackson is the oldest brick fortification in Georgia, and one of the few forts built before the War of 1812 still standing in this country. It helped defend Savannah during the War of 1812, and again during the Civil War, when it served as headquarters for the Savannah River Defenses.
Old Fort Jackson was constructed on the site of an earthen battery that American forces built in the middle of the 18th century to protect Savannah from British invaders. The original earthen fortress was abandoned in 1778, when disease took hold of all stationned there. The Fort Jackson we see today was built under orders from President Thomas Jefferson, who understood that cities along the country’s eastern seaboard were not properly protected from European threats.
Confederate troops took control of Fort Jackson in 1861 and used it to defend against Union attacks for nearly 4 years. On December 20, 1864, Fort Jackson fell during General Sherman’s “March to the Sea”. Unable to defend the fort against 65,000 Union soldiers, the Confederate garrison set the barracks on fire and rigged the front gates to explode before fleeing.
Today, Old Fort Jackson is managed by the Coastal Heritage Society, and is open for visitation seven days a week. Old Fort Jackson is approximately 4 miles from our Savannah Vacation Rentals – close enough to travel by bike.
Additional information about the fort is available at Old Fort Jackson.