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“Sunbury area - very Historical”

Fort Morris Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Midway
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Owner description: The earthen works protected the port of Sunbury during the American Revolution and the War of 1812, and were later used as a Civil War Encampment. Museum has displays of civilian and military life during Georgia's Colonial, Revolutionary and Antebellum past.
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Amazed to learn that this area was actually competition for the ports in Savannah before being destroyed by the British in the Revolutionary war. Beautiful views and one of the the best history lessons.

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Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Georgia has a wealth of historic sites along its coastal region and one of the forts managed by the state's Department of Natural Resources is Fort Morris. Having been here several times, I appreciate the friendliness and helpfulness of the manager and the volunteers both in the visitor center and that perform as occasional costumed reenactors at special events.

The museum is located inside the visitor center and while small, it is packed with interesting and informative displays and historic artifacts. There is a small theater to the right when you enter the visitor center, where you can watch the short (~12 minute) documentary film, Sunbury Sleeps. After touring the museum and watching the film, head outside to the fortification. It is an earthern fortification on the edge of the beautiful salt marsh. The walk around it is lovely. The guide map has information you can read as you go along.

Be sure to visit during one of their scheduled events! Seeing the men and women in period costume, teach about life in the colonial period, is well worth the visit.

1  Thank Jenny G
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

While this site appears not to get the attention it deserves from all the people speeding by it on I-95, it is very well loved and looked after by the locals, especially Arthur, who I gather is the man in charge of the site. Admittedly, there is not much left of the old town of Sudbury, but the fort remains. The way to the fort is well sign-posted and easy to follow, much like the site itself, with maps and displays inside and out. The visitor center also features a variety of exhibits showing off the history of the area, and there's a lot fit into a small space. Much of the site is wheelchair accessible.

There is a cost ($4 per adult, lower fees for kids, seniors, etc.: see photo) to visit the site. It is WELL worth it, and not just to support the cause. This site played a key role during the US's fight against the British during the Revolutionary War. Despite going into decline after the British overran the town, it continued to play an important role in the 19th century until it finally disappeared, overgrown by live oaks. Besides the fort, only the graveyard remains. Do take a look at it. It's a short drive from the fort. The last house of old Sunbury was demolished in the 1960s.

Still, the imaginative individual can see from the lay of the land why this site was so valuable, having rivaled Savannah for supremacy as a sea port. For the less imaginative, spend some time in the visitor center where, in addition to a video, maps and a diorama will make things more clear. The gift shop has a nice selection of tasteful books, games and more.

Camping here is also an option, but there are plenty of picnic tables, too, but mind the insects. For anyone wanting a bucolic and lovely place to stop off on the way from A to B while dashing down 95, put this on the list. And maybe jump on 17 and take the slow road north or south for a while before getting back on the interstate. A car is not "required" to get here if you are staying in the area or on a cycling trip. On the other hand, I doubt there are any buses to Sunbury, and I know there are no trains or plains. You CAN get here by boat. There is a dock.

There is also a modern community consisting of a variety of homes spread around the area.

1  Thank echoriath
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Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

Loved it. Thank you, Sarah for making us feel so welcome. I will definitely be back to see a reenactment. Being in the place where my ggg grandfather fought and was captured. It was truly a good day indeed.

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Reviewed 18 December 2015 via mobile

Fort Morris is an earthen fort on the edge of the marsh. The nearby town of Sunbury was a ghost town for much of the last two centuries, but rivaled Savannah at one time and was recognized by the British as being important, so much so they burned when they left. The fort is in great shape and you can clearly make out important features. The area also features a small museum that shows many artifacts from that revolutionary and 1812 period. This was a great little side adventure and one that I would recommend.

1  Thank Anthony P
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