10) Fort King George
Fort King George, Georgia's first colonial British garrison, is located at the mouth of the Altamaha river and contains the brick ruins of its early sawmill operation and a small graveyard. Established in 1721 to stop French and Spanish expansion, the fort was the southernmost outpost of the British Empire in North America. The fort was destroyed by fire in 1726 and rebuilt the following year. The surviving portions of the first sawmill are significant and rare examples of early colonial industry in Georgia. A museum interprets the history of the area, including the early occupation of the site by the Guale Indians. The site also includes a reconstructed blockhouse.
Fort King George State Historic Site is south of Darien, on US Highway 17, three miles east of 1-95 (exit 10). Open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Admission. (912) 437-4770.