Island Facts: Georges Island
Explore the Civil War-era Fort Warren, enjoy a picnic lunch, or relax under a shady tree.
Dominated by Fort Warren, a National Historic Landmark, this 39-acre island is the center of transportation to the islands. The island is 53 acres at low tide.
At the time of Euro-American colonization, Georges Island was comprised of two drumlins, rising out of the bay like other nearby islands. The island sustained agricultural use for two hundred years until 1825 when the US Government acquired the island for coastal defense. Over the next twenty years the island was dramatically altered and one of the country’s finest forts was built. Dedicated in 1847, the fort’s defensive design was virtually obsolete upon completion. However the fort served as a training ground, patrol point, and Civil War prison that gained a favorable reputation for the humane treatment of its Confederate prisoners. After one hundred years of military use the fort was decommissioned in 1947 and acquired by the MDC for historic preservation and recreation in 1958.
Fort Warren is a National Historic Landmark, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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