Old Fort Jackson was built in the early 19th Century and is the oldest fort still in existence in Georgia today.
For Jackson is conveniently located on 1 Fort Jackson Rd. in Savannah, Georgia, a popular tourist town in the South.
This fort attraction is not as big as other forts in the nearby area. This can be a good thing if you plan on traveling with smaller children or like the idea of being in a more relaxing environment while touring this amazing structure.
There is a small fee to get in but this goes to preserving this great historic site as it is not run by the state or city, but by a local society that has overtaken the responsibility of the fort after it being out of use for many years. The fort is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
One thing that you and your children will really like is their canon firing demonstrations and the fact that many of the people working there will be in soldier costumes.
You will get a lot of information about the Confederate soldier’s life and how life at the fort might have been so very long ago.
You are able to take a self guided tour and this is nice because you can really take your time venturing through the fort grounds as well as inside the fort itself on 2 levels.
Fort Jackson is right on the Savannah River and it isn’t uncommon to see passing ships. These ships come right next to the fort and would be a great photo opportunity as well as something neat for young kids to see.
The pace is very slow and relaxing and shouldn’t be rushed. A great time is in the morning or early afternoon when photos will be crisp and clear as you will want to take plenty, especially of the nearby river.
While this historical site won’t take long to visit, you should make sure you have at least an hour and a half. I would actually suggest carving out 2 hours to really enjoy this place without rushing, especially if you have children or wish to take lots of photos. It is always better to have ample time than not enough.
Be sure to ask lots of questions and perhaps ask the staff for more information about the previously existing fort that Fort Jackson was built on and about other forts or battle areas in the nearby cities.
Even if you are not a big war buff, this is still a great place to spend a lazy afternoon with you and your family as it is not crowded, even on weekends, and it is very inexpensive. Local or tourist will appreciate this historic place.
Source: I obtained information on the address and hours at this website, here. Please visit this site for more information on Old Fort Jackson.