Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski Free Entry Day

Fort Pulaski

flip-key-historical-awardFort Pulaski is located on Cockspur Island about 15 miles away from Historic Savannah Georgia. The monument was named after the Revolutionary War Hero Casimir Pulaski and was established as a National Monument by President Calvin Coolidge in October of 1924.

Today the National Park Service strives to protect restore and manage the Fort Pulaski National Monument for all people to enjoy The construction of Fort Pulaski began in early 1829 and was initially overseen by Major Samuel Babcock. Unfortunately the Major had some major health issues so the burden of construction fell to a recent West Point graduate Robert E. Lee. Lee was transferred in 1831 and Lieutenant Joseph K. F. Mansfield took charge of the fort’s construction until its completion in 1845.

Fort Pulaski didn’t see very much excitement until 134 men from the State Militia seized the fort a little bit before Georgia officially seceded from the Union on January 19 1861. It was kept under Confederate control for more than a year and then on April 10-11 Union Brigadier General Quincy Adams Gillmore began his assault against the Confederates soldiers in the fort.

After 30 hours of mortars and rifled canons bombarding the fort a breach was made in the south east wall. This forced Confederate Colonel Charles H. Olmstead to surrender. With the union in control the fort was used to house the captured Confederate prisoners and also as a storage area for the ammunition taken from Fort McAllister after its fall in December 1864.

 

 

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2017 Upcoming Events:

Location: Fort Pulaski National Monument
Fee Information: Adults: $7.00 – Children 15 & Under: Free
Contact Phone Number: 912-786-5787 ext.1208

 

Park Day 2017 – Saturday, April 1, 2017

  • Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Location: Fort Pulaski National Monument
  • Fees: Free entry for volunteers

We Need You! Park Day is April 1 and we need volunteers to help with a number of service projects to help Fort Pulaski recover from Hurricane Matthew.

Junior Ranger Day – April 15, 2017

On April 15, 2017, Fort Pulaski park rangers will offer free, fun, hands-on activities for Junior Rangers and their families all day long inside the fort. Participants can earn special Junior Ranger Day keepsakes by participating in a variety of experiences to learn more about the National Park Service and Fort Pulaski.

  • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Fort Pulaski National Monument
  • Fees: Free

Free Entrance Days

Mark your calendar for these free admission dates in 2017:

  • January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 5: Super Museum Sunday
  • February 20: Presidents’ Day
  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service’s Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • October 15: Fort Pulaski National Monument’s 92nd Birthday
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

 

Contact

  • Fort Pulaski National Monument, Savannah, GA
  • (912) 786-5787
  • www.nps.gov/fopu

Opening hours

  • Monday:
    9am - 5pm
  • Tuesday:
    9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday:
    9am - 5pm
  • Thurstday:
    9am - 5pm
  • Friday:
    9am - 5pm
  • Saturday:
    9am - 5pm
  • Sunday:
    9am - 5pm

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