Fort Frederica, 1736, St. Simons Island

Fort Frederica is just three years younger than Georgia itself. It represents a time when the colony was a buffer between British South Carolina and Spanish Florida, and was headquarters to Georgia’s founder, General James Oglethorpe during the War of Jenkins’ Ear. The small section of the tabby fort that remains contained the magazine, and is in relatively good condition. It’s maintained by the National Park Service as Fort Frederica National Monument. If you come in summer bring bug spray and lots of water, though the fountain at the interpretive office has the coldest and best water on St. Simons.

The view above shows Fort Frederica from the riverside, with a 29-pound English cannon of the period.

The view above shows the magazine and the two below show the interior.

This bronze plaque was placed in memory of James Oglethorpe by the Georgia Society of Colonial Dames in 1904. The supporting text reads: This remnant is all that time has spared of the citadel of the town of Frederica built by General Oglethorpe A. D. 1736 as an outpost against the Spaniards in Florida.

National Register of Historic Places

http://www.nps.gov/fofr/index.htm

http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-683

And for background on the War of Jenkins’ Ear:

http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-807

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  1. Pingback: Fort Frederica, 1736 | Vanishing South Georgia Photographs by Brian Brown

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