St. Simons Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Frederica - The Barracks
"There are barracks in the town on the north side, ninety feet square, built of tappy, covered by cypress shingles; and a handsome tower over the gateway...."
London Magazine October 23, 1747
At the time of the Spanish attack in 1742, about 200 British troops were stationed at Frederica. Some of the officers and married men lived in their own homes in or near town. Others lived camp-style in clapboard or thatched huts adjacent to this site. The barracks that stood here could accommodate more than 100 men.
The building took the form of a square with rooms surrounding an open parade. Walls were made with tabby one foot thick. Soldiers entered the barracks through a gateway covered by a tower made of double thick tabby. Fortunately, three walls of this impressive tower remain standing and have been stabilized by the National Park Service.
During the 1742 Military campaign the barracks served as a hospital, and as quarters for Spanish prisoners-of-war.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era Landmarks • Military • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1736.
Location. 31° 13.498′ N, 81° 23.496′ W. Marker is on St. Simons Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker can be reached from Frederica Drive. At Fort Frederick National Monument. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Simons Island GA 31522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederica The Parade (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederica Keeper of the Kings Stores (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frederica - Candlemaker (about 400 feet away); Five Years at Frederica (about 400 feet away); Frederica Carpenter and Oarmaker (about 400 feet away); Patrick and Priscilla Houstoun (about 500 feet away); Frederica Destroyed by Fire (about 500 feet away); Frederica Tavernkeeper and Doctor (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Simons Island.
Also see . . . Fort Frederica. Starting in 1947, the National Park Service and the Fort Frederica Association sponsored a series of archeological investigations at the Frederica site. (Submitted on May 13, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 857 times since then and 170 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 13, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.