RICHMOND HILL, GA: Fort McAllister received the Best Year-Round Programming Award for the state of Georgia during an awards ceremony during the annual Managers Conference for Georgia State Park and Historic Site employees.
In 1864, General Sherman ended his “March to the Sea” at Fort McAllister. Today, the property combines Civil War history with traditional state park activities. The park’s interpretive staff welcomed more than 10,000 participants to more than 170 programs last year, including their most successful annual candlelight tour to date. Visitors can also take daily guided tours of the well-preserved fort. Manager Jason Carter is the division’s lead black-powder safety trainer and has brought his cannon crew for demonstrations around the state.
Pictured: State Park and Historic Sites Director Jeff Cown, Region Manager Bradd Ballard, Fort McAllister Manager Jason Carter, and DNR Commissioner Mark Williams
MORE INFORMATION: For more information, call 912.727.2339 or email your questions to FortMcAllister.Park@gadnr.org.
ABOUT FORT MCALLISTER:
Located south of Savannah on the banks of the Ogeechee River, Fort McAllister showcases the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. The earthworks were attacked seven times by Union ironclads but did not fall until 1864 — ending Gen. William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea.” Visitors can explore the grounds with cannons, a furnace, bombproof, barracks, palisades, and more, while a Civil War museum contains artifacts, a video, and a gift shop.
Nestled among giant live oaks, Spanish moss, and salt marsh, this park is a beautiful location for camping, fishing, boating, and picnicking. Seven cabins sit on stilts near the marsh, surrounded by palm trees and palmettos. The shaded campground is bordered by tidal Redbird Creek, a boat ramp, fishing dock, and nature trail. A large picnic area offers river views and playgrounds, while another boat ramp provides access to the Ogeechee River.