Fort James Jackson (usually shortened to Fort Jackson and informally known as Old Fort Jackson) is a restored nineteenth-century fort located one mile east of Savannah, Georgia, on the Savannah River. It hosts the Fort Jackson Maritime Museum.
Named in honor of James Jackson (1757–1806), a British-born political figure in Georgia, Fort Jackson was constructed between 1808 and 1812 to protect the city of Savannah from attack by sea. During the American Civil War, it became one of three Confederate forts that defended Savannah from Union forces (the other two were Fort McAllister and Fort Pulaski). In 1862, Fort Jackson came under shelling from a ship captained by an escaped slave, Robert Smalls.
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Thomas Blackburn IV | Feb 28, 2018
Just happened to stumble upon this treasure on our way back from FL to NC. Had enough time to check out one thing, so we headed over to Ft Jackson. What a great decision! Corp. Childers was an amazing story teller and really seems to love what he does. The firing of the cannon is pretty cool too! Highly recommended!
Jessica-Ezra Hokanson | Jan 28, 2018
This just might be one of the best places to visit in Savannah! You should definitely go when they are having the cannon firing, we were surprised to also see a demonstration about the muskets soldiers used, and we each got to hold our own model musket and learn how to fire and march. How fun! There were other presentations in the fort as well, for example we saw one about surgery during the war time. Once you get to the top of the fort you can look across and see South Carolina.
Virginia Ready | Feb 28, 2018
The historian guide was great! He made history fun to leave and made us laugh. The gift shop was great, and I loved the fort and cannon demonstrations. I will definitely go again!
Elijah Neundorfer | Jan 21, 2018
One of the best staffed forts I've been too. When we arrived, they did an actual demonstration of a cannon, explaining historical context along the way, and then ran a mock skirmish for the kids to take part in. Great explanations of historical events going on at the time the fort was in use, and the staff acted like they were soldiers straight out of the war, and super friendly. The fort itself is not the largest or most intricate fort on the coast, but quite interesting and definitely worth going and walking through.
Andrew Rowland | Jan 19, 2018
Very nice staff. My family and I learned a great deal and braved the cold to see the old fort. I was impressed with the professionalism of the staff. Can't wait to go back.
Heather Shuster | Apr 3, 2018
Fort Pulaski and Fort McAllister are both nearby and both offer a more interesting visiting experience. The only draw here is the cannon firing, which we missed. (We were told they were going to fire it at 4:30, but we heard it go off at 5:17...when we rushed over to see if they were going to fire again, the staff was not apologetic and just told us that we should always be early!). In all it was not a bad experience, but not worth a second visit. On contrast, we’ve been to Fort Pulaski at least 10 times and always find it interesting!
Wayne Lemme | Apr 5, 2018
A must visit destination with a terrific approach to history. Fort Jackson's guide, Walter R, made history come alive with his presentation and re-enactment. He was riveting and knowledgeable about the history of Georgia, Savannah, and Fort Jackson. He approached everything with a humanistic slant which drew you in to the life and times discussed.
Matthew Campuzano | Apr 14, 2018
A little overpriced for what it is, but I definitely enjoyed it! Make sure you are there for the 2x daily cannon firing, and then stroll around a very well preserved coastal fortification staffed by knowledgeable guides. One note of warning though, make sure you are wearing bug spray or get some from the gift store, the gnats are fierce!
John McFarland | Jun 5, 2018
Excellent historical fort built in the early 1800. National Historical Site run by a non profit group. Good cannon firing demonstration. Outstanding view of the Savannah river. Small gift and book store. Ensure you see the film on Fort Jackson. Highly recommended if you like historical sites.
Tami A | May 28, 2018
This is a really great place! The day we visited, the winds topped 40+ mph, but we still immensely enjoyed ourselves! It's right on the river, of course, and the views are fabulous from up top, as well as from the river's edge! You may get lucky enough to see some HUGE BOATS go by! The history of the fort is very interesting and the interactive interpretative program (don't miss it!) was lots of fun. The cannons are fired several times a day, too. It's a great place for kids, as there is plenty of room for them to run around and be kids, although you would need to keep a close eye on them since there are so many nooks and crannies and they could be out of sight in a heartbeat. I've toured a lot of forts along the GA coast and I think this one was my favorite. Note: there are restrooms inside the little cabin where you enter, as well as in the corner to the right of the fort entrance.
John Welsh | May 27, 2018
Had a good time there. The tour guide did a great job explaining the history of the fort and was extremely respectful of the past. You could tell he really enjoyed what he did. They fired of a small cannon which my kids loved.
Kasey Cook | May 31, 2018
The cannon firing was by far the best part, but we also enjoyed hearing some of the history of the fort. We spent about an hour there and didn't quite see everything. Not the best place to visit with very young kids as it's hot and muggy and there's not much for them to interact with, but we still enjoyed it
Kevin Rogers | Jul 10, 2018
History is everything! Great place to gather knowledge by very wonderful volunteers. We enjoyed watching a cannon being fired & walking through the Fort and seeing history as if it was yesterday. Bring one, bring all. We give it a 100 stars!!! Don't forget to bring your camera! We also caught pictures of the dolphins in the water while we were there. We will be back. :)
Leila Sujanani | Jul 2, 2018
It was an interesting part of history but the exhibit was lacking. There was a camp for Girl Scouts and when I had a question, they focused on the kids. Overall, nice place but would not spend more than 60 minutes there.
Kayla Noe | Jul 11, 2018
The staff members were very knowledgeable and friendly. Southern history was taught to guests very accurately and without wish wash. Beautiful site for a Fort that is over 200 years old.
Amber Hubbard | Jul 17, 2018
Very interesting piece of history. Even though part of the fort was not available to tour, we still got to see most of it. I thought it was very cool that they are filming a movie there. It was something else to be able to see where soldiers slept and where they would be standing ready to defend. We also got to see several large cargo ships go up and down the river.
Perin Norris | Jul 22, 2018
Great place to visit and see where history was made. Beautiful view of the Savannah River. Friendly staff and knowledgeable tour guides dressed in period clothing! You might want to bring some ear plugs if loud noises bother you or if you have little ones because they do set off the cannons as part of the tours. ☺
Chris Whelan | Jul 26, 2018
This is one of the coolest places to visit in Savannah. Not only is there a wealth of history hidden behind its thick walls - the people at the fort are experts in Savannah history and lore. You get to see a real fort on the bank of the Savannah river as it has stood since 1808. It was commissioned by Thomas Jefferson and has many historical artifacts on display inside. In addition - there are cannon firings daily. Plus - from the grounds of the fort and from the battlements you can see dolphins, alligators, otters, as well as all sorts of birds and wildlife. For only $7 - what are you waiting for - go visit this amazing historical site !
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