• The archeological remains of Fort Frederica

    Fort Frederica

    National Monument Georgia

Hands-On-History Day Camp, June 22-24

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Date: May 8, 2009
Contact: Ellen Strojan, 912-638-3639

Fort Frederica Superintendent Mary Beth Wester is pleased to announce that the park is now accepting reservations for the 2009 Hands-On-History Camp. The camp will be held from Monday June 22, 2009 to Wednesday, June 24, 2009 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. It is limited to 20 participants. Please call the park visitor center at (912) 638-3639 to sign up for this educational and fun day camp. The camp is free and is open to children in fifth through seventh grades.

The theme of this year’s camp is How People Shape History.  Through the use of primary resources, artifacts, crafts and games, participants will explore Fort Frederica and learn about why history is important!  They will also learn about the National Park Service and its important role in protecting our Nation’s treasures.

Fort Frederica National Monument is located at 6515 Frederica Road on St. Simons Island. It is an archaeological site that tells the story of a 1736 British town and fort founded by General James Oglethorpe and a group of British colonists. Its main job was to protect the coastline and Northern colonies against the Spanish who were headquartered at St. Augustine, Florida. In 1742, there were two battles fought on St. Simons Island between the Spanish and British. The Spanish were defeated. This ended the Spanish empire’s dreams of colonizing the New World, and allowed for the British to colonize what is now Georgia.

Did You Know?

tree draped with spanish moss

Frederica has more trees in the town site today than it did during the colonial time period. Period documents mention mature peach trees throughout the town. Fort Frederica National Monument, Georgia