National Park Service Press Release

Fort Frederica National Monument – This week’s National Park Getaway
For Immediate Release:
December 11, 2013
Contact(s):   Mary Beth Wester, 912-638-3639


Fort Frederica National Monument – This week’s National Park Getaway

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – On the serene, isolated west shore of Georgia's St. Simons Island the ruins of an 18th century settlement stand quiet testimony to a once flourishing community. A powder magazine overlooks Frederica River, a remnant of British occupation in the New World.

Fort Frederica was established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe to protect the southern boundary of his new Georgia colony from the Spanish in Florida. The excavated foundations of structures remind visitors that the planned community of Frederica served the military garrison quartered there and housed a population of 1,000 from 1736 to 1758. Read more

 

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