Fort Frederica National Monument to Host Coasters Lecture on Frederica 1736
Contact: Jon Burpee, 912-638-3639
Fort Frederica National Monument Superintendent Mary Beth Wester is pleased to announce an upcoming program highlighting the continuum of history on the Georgia Coast. On Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm, historian Jon Burpee will present a program entitled Frederica, 1736. This illustrated talk will focus on the 1736 settlers of Fort Frederica and their first year in their new home. The program will include information about the hardships of the voyage crossing the Atlantic Ocean. This journey brought the settlers from the hardscape of London to the nearly tropical St. Simons Island in the new colony of Georgia. Upon arrival, the settlers encountered a land that was difficult and poised on the edge of the opposing Spanish Empire. Throughout the year they transformed old fields used by the natives for agriculture into a small English village.
Did You Know?
Frederica's barracks also served as a jail for prisoners of war and at least one prisoner of conscience: Christian Priber, a missonary who urged southeastern natives to become independant of the British government. Fort Frederica National Monument, Georgia