Fort King George Authentic Swivel Gun - Darien, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus
N 31° 21.879 W 081° 24.998
17R E 460377 N 3470090
Quick Description: This authentic swivel gun is located inside the Visitors Center at Fort King George. Fort King George was built in 1721, the first fort in Georgia. It is located at 1600 Wayne St in Darien, GA.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 11/24/2008 9:43:02 PM
Waymark Code: WM57W8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PTCrazy
Views: 12

Long Description:
The informational sign reads:
"This 1 1/2" bore swivel gun, recovered from the Altamaha delta by Mr. Lucky Lowe, dates from the early 1700s and could have been in use as late as the 1750's. The guns could be turned on a pivot and had remarkable accuracy. The swivel guns provided enough firepower to engage small boats and to counter ambushes from river banks. A cast of this gun was used to recreate the swivel gun on our scout boat exhibit."

The marker reads:
"OLD FORT KING GEORGE

Site of old Fort King George, built in 1721 by Col. John Barnwell, of South Carolina, under British Royal orders. This tiny cypress blockhouse, 26 feet square, with 3 floors, and a lookout in the gable from which the guard could watch over the Inland Waterway and St. Simon's Island, was flanked by officers quarters and barracks, and the entire area was surrounded on all but the river side by a moat and palisades. Garrisoned by his Majesty's Independent Company, with replacements of Colony scouts, the fort was occupied for six years. During that time more than 140 officers and soldiers lost their lives here and were buried on the adjacent bluff. The first of the British 18th century scheme of posts built to counteract French expansion in America, Fort King George was also a flagrant trespass upon Spanish territory, and during its occupation Spain continually demanded that it be destroyed.

The troops were withdrawn to Port Royal in 1727, but until Oglethorpe arrived in Savannah in 1733 South Carolina kept two lookouts at old Fort King George."

Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children (6-18). Hours are 9-5 Tuesday - Saturday.
What type of artillery is this?: 18th Century Cannon

Where is this artillery located?: Military Grounds

What military of the world used this device?: British Armies

Date artillery was in use: 01/01/1721

Parking location to view this Waymark: N 31° 21.889 W 081° 25.008

Cost?: 5.00 (listed in local currency)

Artillery is no longer operational: yes

Date artillery was placed on display: Not listed

Still may work: Not Listed

Are there any geocaches at this location?: Not listed

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