About 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.
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Fine Arts on the River takes place the weekend of April 22 – 24, 2011. In other words, the historic Savannah Riverfront will be filled with Fine Arts, Fine Crafts, Fine Music, and as always, fine food and drink. It will be a fine weekend indeed to stay at one of our Savannah Vacation Villas.
Fine Arts on the River is a high-end show. Only the finest (there’s that word again) local, regional, and national artists are invited to display their work along the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. The artists will be on hand to discuss their work, and many will demonstrate their work as well. Music will keep the mood festive.
In addition to the Fine Arts Festival on April 22-24, 2011, the Savannah Riverfront is home to hundreds of shops and many fine restaurants. It is quite close to our Savannah Vacation Villas on Broughton Street, making it a handy place to walk for dinner if you don’t feel like eating in. Meet for a drink at Boar’s Head and enjoy expansive views of the Savannah River during dinner at Chart House.
Numerous historic markers and monuments are also located along the Savannah Riverfront. See where General Oglethorpe first landed in 1773, and where he spent his first night in Georgia; visit the 1802 City Exchange Bell; note the gold dome of the 1905 Savannah City Hall.
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.