Savannah, GA 31401
Sunday - Saturday 9:00a - 5:00p
Built in 1808 to protect Savannah from foreign attack, Fort Jackson survived the War of 1812 and the Civil War and is now a popular historic site. It stands on the banks of the Savannah River.
Originally built of earth, faced with brick and topped with a gun platform of wood, the battery in its day was one of the strongest fortifications in the United States. After the War of 1812, two periods of construction followed at the fort. A moat, drawbridge, brick barracks, privies, a rear wall, and another powder magazine were added.
Old Fort Jackson is located two miles east of Savannah on the Savannah River. Old Fort Jackson is Georgia's oldest standing brick fortification and was named after James Jackson who was governor of Georgia.
Fort Jackson holds a Memorial Day celebration every year, during which there is a presentation of the history of the fort, with men in period uniform, a bugle demonstration, and cannon firings from an 1841 Mountain Howitzer, the largest such artillery piece in the country.
Old Fort Jackson is a must-see National Historic Landmark offering cannon firings and daily interactive programs. Plan on spending at least 1 hour when you visit the fort.
The fort is located on the Savannah River about three miles from the Historic District. Fort Jackson is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. It is located at 1 Fort Jackson Road in Savannah, Georgia.