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Fort James Jackson, also known as Old Fort Jackson, has been a part of Coastal Georgia’s history for nearly two centuries. Named in honor of Georgia governor and Revolutionary War soldier James Jackson, the fort is the oldest standing brick fortification in the state. Fort Jackson is also a National Historic Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The fort is one of only eight Second System fortifications (a series of forts built prior to the War of 1812) still standing in the United States. It served as headquarters for the Confederate Savannah River defenses during the American Civil War.
Old Fort Jackson is now owned by the state of Georgia, but operated by the non-profit Coastal Heritage Society. Fort Jackson receives no federal or state funding for its operations. Thousands of visitors enjoy the fort every year, including numerous student and scout groups, as well as people who rent the fort for community events or after-hours gatherings. Old Fort Jackson is also known for its daily cannon firing demonstrations each summer, and is the only historic fort in the United States delivering cannon salutes to passing military vessels.
From Bay Street in the historic district of Savannah, travel EAST toward Tybee Island. (Note: Bay Street will end and become General McIntosh Blvd.)
You will pass the Marriott Hotel, which will be on your left.
At the bottom of the hill you will come to a traffic light. TURN LEFT onto President Street (also known as the Island Expressway)
Pass under the Truman Parkway through two traffic lights.
Just beyond the second traffic light you will see the large Red, White, and Blue sign "Old Fort Jackson" which will be on your right.