Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah, Georgia is a great road-trip stop! Tour the small museum and very cool grounds for a fun afternoon of history.
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We recently took another one of our epic road trips and traveled from central Florida, all the way up to Chicago, Illinois and back. Stopping many places along the way. All told, we were gone nearly three weeks and drove 3,600 miles. It was our longest trip yet and riddled with challenges (I landed in the hospital three times (!!!) and working from the road is always a touch stressful) but overall it was a great time and we’re already planning the next adventure.
First stop, only a few hours into the drive was Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah, Georgia. We toured the small museum and very cool grounds, then attempted a packed lunch on the lawn. Sadly we were thwarted by mosquitoes, ants, and wind, but a short on-site drive took us into a pretty wooded picnic area where we enjoyed sandwiches and trips before the long haul to Asheville, North Carolina.
Fort Pulaski is located on Cockspur Island between Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. It preserves Fort Pulaski, where in 1862 during the American Civil War, the Union Army successfully tested rifled cannon in combat, the success of which rendered brick fortifications obsolete. The fort was also used as a prisoner-of-war camp. The National Monument includes most of Cockspur Island (containing the fort) and all of adjacent McQueens Island.
The property is surrounded by a moat that you have to cross twice before entering the Fort. After crossing the first time you can explore the underground bunkers. There are several entrances and exits, it gets quite confusing!
After crossing the moat a second time, you enter the main Fort property which is two stories and full of cool historic relics to explore. There are park employees around to explain things and give demonstrations. My kids especially loved the cannons, bunks, and POW cells, but they weren’t so keen on the top floor. It was windy and no railing! Eep!
This stop was definitely worth making — the grounds were beautifully maintained, rich with history, and it was all incredibly interesting. It was a bonus for us as homeschoolers that it was educational, but we would’ve enjoyed Fort Pulaski even if we weren’t making it a lesson!
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