Fort Frederica National Monument
Route 9, Box 286-C
St. Simons Island, GA 31522-9710
Established in 1736, the town of Frederica was the southernmost post of the British colonies in North America. It protected the rest of Georgia and South Carolina from the Spanish in Florida. The park is known for it's exceptional beauty, stately oaks, exceptionally large grape vines, and Spanish moss lend an air of antiquity unequaled on the coast.
Fort Frederica National Monument is on St. Simons Island, Georgia - 12 miles from Brunswick, GA. Easily accessible from I-95 and U.S. 17 via the F.J. Torres (Brunswick-St. Simons) Causeway. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; closed Christmas Day. The park is most crowded in the summers, when the weather is hot and humid. Day-time highs are in the upper 80's to low 90's. Winters are moderate with only a few days registering below freezing temperatures. Insects are part of the landscape and a constant bother along coastal Georgia. Sandgnats and mosquitoes are present year round. Biting flies are particularly bad in May and September. Insect repellant is recommended. Ticks - potential carriers of Lyme disease - are also common.
Seven-Day Family Permit: $4.00 per vehicle or $2.00 per person (cyclist and Walk-in). Federal Recreation Passports including Golden Age, Golden Access, and Golden Eagle Passports are honored. Information regarding commercial tour fees is available on request.
Fort Frederica is located on Frederica Road, near Christ Church Episcopal Church. Directional signs to the park are located on all major roads to the island. Fort Frederica is easily accessible by car. A bicycle path connects the park with the island's bicycle path system. In Park : Walking only, no vehicles or bicycles are allowed in the town site. An NPS golf cart is vailable to transport those needing assistance thrugh the town site.
Facilities and Services
Visitor Center/Exhibits - Visitor Center with exhibits, 25 minute film"This is Frederica", interactive touch- screen information computers, restrooms, NPS Cooperating Association Museum Store.
Historic Structures/Sites - The park is primarily an archeological site. The townsite contains the exposed foundations of many houses. Although no whole structures remain, ruins of the fort'smagazine and barracks can be visited.
Trails - A Self-guided walking trail leads past wayside exhibits and signs explaining daily life in"Frederica Town". A self-guided audio tour is also available for rent in the Visitor Center for a nominal fee.
Programs and Activities - Regularly schedules Ranger Tours are available seasonally. Education Programs for schools are available by reservation. The Archeological Education Program is available for 4th grade classes in Glynn County, GA. A five day long Summer Day Camp is available for all kids 6 - 12 during the summer.
Lodging and damping Facilities: - None in the Park. Resorts and Motels are nearby. Camping is available at Jekyll Island, Blythe Island Regional Park, and private campgrounds on the mainland.
Food/Supplies - Canned soft drinks, insect repellent, and film are available from the Museum Shop.
Museum Shop - The shop, operated by the non-profit Fort Frederica Asociation offersa wide selection of books, magazines, pamphlets, childrens items, reproduction colonial objects, postcards, and slides
Accessibility - Accessible parking spaces, wheelchair ramps, and accessible restrooms are provided. A wheelchair is available. The townsite has soft grass with no walkway and may not be suitable for wheelchairs. An NPS golf cart is available on request for those needing assistance to visit the town site and fort.
Reservations and Permits
Reservations for School Groups and commercial tours should be made three weeks before your visit. At least one months notice and application for Special Use Permits is required. Filming permits are arranged on an individual basis. For additional information concerning reservations, special uses, or commercial filming permits, call (912)638-3639.
Special Events and Programs
Fort Frederica Festival - First Saturday in March. A family oriented afternoon of colonial games, crafts, music, and fun. Climaxed with the lighting, at dusk, of an authentic heart-pine lime kiln.Admission fee waived all day.
Fort Frederica Easter 5K - Easter"Saturday." One mile fun run and 5K road race. Starts near Visitor Center. Entry fee for race.
National Park Day - Aug. 25.
Holiday Open House - First weekend following Christmas. Enjoy the holiday - colonial style at Frederica. The Visitor Center is decked in colonial Greenery of the holiday season. Music, special craft activities, and free punch and cookies all day. Admission fee waived all day.
Attractions and Towns Nearby
St. Simons Island Lighthouse and Museum; Fort King George State Historic Site; Jekyll Island Historic District; Hofwyl - Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication