In the early 18th century, the land lying between British South Carolina and Spanish Florida was known as the debatable land. This land (which we call Georgia today) was the epicenter of a centuries-old imperial conflict between Spain and Britain.
Fort Frederica was established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe to protect the southern boundary of his new colony of Georgia. Colonists from England, Scotland, and the Germanic states came to Frederica to support this endeavor.
After successfully repulsing a Spanish attempt to retake St. Simons Island. The garrison at Ft. Frederica was disbanded, and the town fell into decline. Today, the archeological remnants of Frederica are protected by the National Park Service.
The visitors center located on St. Simons Island features museum exhibits
that portray life in colonial Frederica and tell the story of archeology at the site.
Adults - $3
Children ages 15 and under - Free
Ft. 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. Torras (Brunswick-St. Simons) Causeway.
From U.S. 17, take the F.J. Torras Causeway to St. Simons Island. At first traffic light, turn left onto Sea Island Road. Go 1.5 miles to next traffic light, and turn left onto Frederica Road. Follow Frederica Road for two miles (bearing left at fork). The park entrance is located 300 yards past Christ Church.