Location: US Hwy 17 South, go 0.1 mile and turn left on Hwy 99 (Ridge Rd.). Go 1 mile and turn right at McIntosh Rd. Follow this to the Fort. on the left and the Cemetery is on the right inside the gates.
History: Ft. King George was the first British Fort and settlement in what became Georgia. Built in 1721 under the direction of Col. John Barnwell of South Carolina, it burned in 1727 and,although rebuilt, had only a couple of "lookouts" until 1734. According to Miss Bessie Lewis, McIntosh Co. historian this was the first military cemetery in America. Reportedly, there were 140 burials but archaeological studies found only about 25. In the 1960s, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Monuments placed a commemorative monument here and placed over 20 individual crosses on the burials. The are inscribed, "A SOLDIER OF FT. KING GEORGE". Only 18 remain today. The Monument reads as follows:
To The Soldiers of Ft. King George
"To the Soldiers of Ft. King George who gave their lives in defense of the Southern English Frontier in America during the Occupation of this little outpost from 1721-1727 and were buried on this bluff. Fort King George, built on the low ground 200 yards East of here, was the first English settlement in the land which is now Georgia. More than 140 British soldiers lost their lives in the first planned effort to hold the old Southeast for English speaking people."
Posted from "Cemeteries of McIntosh County, GA" copyright 2000, with written permission from the Lower Altamaha Historical Society.
GPS Coordinates: 31.36456, -81.41718
- Added: 24 Jun 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2454616
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