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Darien in McIntosh County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

To The Soldiers Of Fort King George

 
 
To The Soldiers Of Fort King George Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 27, 2008
1. To The Soldiers Of Fort King George Marker
Inscription. To the Soldiers of Fort King George who gave their lives in defense of the Southern English Frontier in America during the occupation of this little outpost from 1721 to 1727 and were buried upon this bluff. Fort King George, built on the low ground 200 yards east of here, was the first English settlement in the land which is now Georgia. More than 140 British soldiers lost their lives in the first planned effort to hold the Old Southeast for English speaking people.
 
Erected 1940 by Department of Natural Sources Division of State Parks Historic Sites & Monuments.
 
Location. 31° 21.859′ N, 81° 24.972′ W. Marker is in Darien, Georgia, in McIntosh County. Marker can be reached from Fort King George Road (Georgia Route 25 Spur). Click for map. At Fort King George. Marker is in this post office area: Darien GA 31305, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 200 Years of Sawmilling (within shouting distance of this marker); How Steam Engines Worked (within shouting distance of this marker); Lower Bluff Sawmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Guale Indian Village
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By Mike Stroud, August 17, 2008
2. To The Soldiers Of Fort King George Marker
Also see " nearby markers ", for Fort King George and others
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Savannah Lumber Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fort King George (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Early Spanish Mission (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birthplace of John McIntosh Kell (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Darien.
 
Regarding To The Soldiers Of Fort King George. A cypress blockhouse, barracks and palisaded earthen fort were constructed in 1721 by scoutmen led by Colonel John "Tuscarora Jack" Barnwell. For the next seven years, His Majesty's Independent Company garrisoned the fort. They endured incredible hardships from disease, threats of Spanish and Indian attacks, and the harsh, unfamiliar coastal environment. After the fort was abandoned, General James Oglethorpe brought Scottish Highlanders to the site in 1736. The settlement, called Darien, eventually became a foremost export center of lumber until 1925. See the links below for more information.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort King George, the first British garrison of the Georgia colony. New Georgia
To The Soldiers Of Fort King George Marker and British Soldiers Gravestones image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 27, 2008
3. To The Soldiers Of Fort King George Marker and British Soldiers Gravestones
Encyclopedia (Submitted on October 19, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Georgia State Parks. Fort King George Historic Site (Submitted on October 19, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial EraLandmarksMilitaryNotable PlacesSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Some of The Soldiers Of Fort King George gravestones, close-up image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 27, 2008
4. Some of The Soldiers Of Fort King George gravestones, close-up
The blockhouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
5. The blockhouse
a forty-foot-high building, was constructed as an accurate representation of the initial structure, according to the original plans obtained from the British Public Records Office in London, England. The historic site now comprises a museum, a blockhouse, barracks, and a cemetery, which holds the graves of seventeen British soldiers who died while in service at the fort.
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By Mike Stroud, 2008
6. Fort King George
On June 29, 1940, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources acquired a tract of land along the bluffs of the Altamaha River near Darien in order to create the Fort King George State Park. It was here over two centuries earlier that Col. John Barnwell had built an English fort to defend the southern frontier
Fort King George image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
7. Fort King George
 
 
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