Centuries old conflict decided on St. Simons Island.
Georgia’s fate was decided in 1742 when Spanish and British forces clashed on St. Simons Island. Fort Frederica’s troops defeated the Spanish, ensuring Georgia’s future as a British colony. Today, the archeological remnants of Frederica are protected by the National Park Service.
Walk beneath moss-draped live oaks and use your imagination to travel back in time as you explore the archeological remains of Fort Frederica. Once a thriving British town and fort founded in 1736 by General James Edward Oglethorpe, Fort Frederica was designed to defend the northern colonies against Spanish attack. It is approximately a 1/4 mile walk down Broad Street from the visitor center to the Fort. The pathway is flat and mostly covered with grass. If staff is available, golf cart tours can be arranged for visitors with mobility impairements. There is also a wheelchair available for use. Bikes are not permitted in the historic area.
Things to do at Fort Frederica
- Participate in a junior ranger program.
- Explore the historic area on a self-guided walking tour
- Have a picnic in the picnic area
- Watch the 23-minute movie History Uncovered in the visitor center theater
- Look at artifacts and exhibits in the museum
- Join a staff member for a guided walking tour of the town
- Play colonial tavern games
- Take a hike on the nature trail
- Interact with a costumed-interpreter
- Use the kayak launcher at the dinghy dock
- Bring a book, and enjoy the peaceful nature of the park
- Set up an easel and paint or sketch the natural surroundings
- Shop in the Fort Frederica Association bookstore, located inside the visitor center
- Obtain a Georgia fishing license, or if you have one already, fishing is permitted by the dinghy dock
There is no entrance fee to enter Fort Frederica National Monument.