Fort Pulaski National Monument & Cockspur Island
After the War of 1812, an ambitious national defence programme was instigated to ensure protection of the coastline from foreign invasion. En route to Tybee Island heading HWY 80E, sits Fort Pulaski – a wonderfully preserved historic monument built in 1829 under the direction of Major General Babcock and later, 2nd Lieut. Robert E. Lee. Here you will “get lost” in over 5600 acres of wide open green space whilst walking one of the many dog friendly marked trails which traverse not only the dyke system surrounding the moated fortification, but the wooded areas bordering the Savannah River. With a museum built in the 1980’s, a shaded picnic area, plenty of parking and history in abundance, the fort has something to offer everyone. Step inside the fort itself to witness life as a soldier where artefacts are housed, arms & ammunition are on display, and historical notes are available for your information. The outer walls carry the battle scars of the American Civil War in 1862 – a sad, yet poignant reminder that mere masonry alone was not enough to withstand the fire from a rifled cannon.
Cockspur Lighthouse standing only 46ft tall and built of brick stands proudly at the southernmost tip of the Savannah River. She is one of only 5 surviving lighthouses in Georgia and forms part of this National Park. An entry fee is charged on the day of purchase but can be used up to 6 subsequent days.Read more
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