How to Stay Overnight at the Oldest Standing Brick Fort in Georgia
Old Fort Jackson is a Savannah treasure located two miles east of the city on the Savannah River.
“We’re a little bit different from the other forts you’ll find up and down the east coast,” says the Old Fort Jackson team. “We don’t believe in telling you about history; we want you to live it. We want you to feel what its like to have a cannon go off next to you.”
In March, the fort will be hosting an “Old Fort Jackson Family Campover,” an annual event for families to experience history firsthand in a 207-year-old National Landmark. The event will take place on Friday, March 3rd at 5 pm through Saturday, March 4th at 9 am at Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd, Savannah, GA 31404.
During the event, children will train as soldiers from the American Revolution and participate in a reenactment of the 1778 Battle of Savannah. Adults will have the opportunity to train as Civil War soldiers and learn the drill for the 12 lb. howitzer, the fort’s historic cannon, and fire the weapon.
"We want you to experience Old Fort Jackson. We don’t want you to sit down and listen; we want you to get up and participate."
They want you to experience it so much that they offer two daily cannon firings every day at 11:00am and 2:00pm, as well as other interactive programs for the whole family.
After decades worth or fighting to restore the fort, it now stands as a beautiful historic site and maritime museum preserving the culture of the Coastal South. With the fantastic view of the Savannah river and city skyline, as well as the tugs boats and dolphins and other wildlife passing by, the fort is one of the most unique spots in Savannah.
Preregistration and prepayment for the “Old Fort Jackson Family Campover” are required and tickets are $55 for children ages 6 to 15 years of age. Tickets are $35 for adults 16 years of age and older, with an optional black powder demonstration add-on costing $50. Event tickets can be purchased at: bit.ly/Campover2017. Registration closes on Wednesday, March 1st and space is limited, so get your tickets while supplies last!
For more information about Old Fort Jackson, visit their website at chsgeorgia.org. To stay up to date on all the happenings in the South, subscribe now and pick up the latest issue of South magazine today.