1. Fort Pulaski was ranked one of the “most spectacular harbor defense structures” in the United States during the Civil War era. Its 7 1/2-foot solid brick walls and impressive masonry secured it against siege until Union soldiers used new, experimental rifled artillery to shatter its walls in 1862.
2. The fort, declared a national monument in 1924, has been rebuilt and restored to the same state as in its heyday. One damaged wall on the southeast corner of the fort remains to exhibit the craters from Union cannon fire.
3. Rooms housed within the forts are preserved with period furnishings. Complete with old lanterns, chests, cast iron frying pans and quilts, the rooms look as though soldiers had left them only minutes before you arrived.
4. Visitors of the Fort can visit the Contraband Camp, located along the north walking trail. This area includes a cistern that was used by former slaves as their living quarters. In 1862, people of color were declared free on Cockspur Island. Shortly thereafter, the fort's military began expeditions down the Savannah River to ferry any enslaved people back to the island for their freedom. Learn more about the Fort's Contraband Camp here.
5. “Savannah Gray” bricks, a particularly rare building material used during the 19th century, can be found all over Fort Pulaski. These bricks were made in nearby Savannah and can still be seen to this day at the monument.
6. The nature trails are dreamier than you can imagine. North Pier Trail features lush vegetation, various wildlife and multiple pathways. Follow these to several picnic spots, sandy beaches and marshlands perfect for spending quality time with loved ones or having a peaceful moment alone.
7. Dogs are welcome to explore the fort, too! Pups are allowed to roam alongside owners, so long as they’re leashed and well-behaved.