I love getting outside and exploring historical sites around town, and one of my favorite is learning about Civil War history at Fort Pulaski. This fort was used during the 19th Century as a defense against overseas enemies. This fort didn’t see much fighting, and most days the men played baseball and hung out waiting for something to happen.
I thought it would be fun this time to explore Cocksure Island, Parade grounds, trails, and what is left of the officers’ building. We started our exploration right before entering the fort. We learned about the men who fought and died at the fort, international thoroughfare, marina, and Cockspur Lighthouse. We came across the statue dedicated to James Wesley who was the father of Methodism and what was left of the camp that housed laborers, enlisted soldiers, and officer.
Here are few hints if you decide to visit your local historic sites. This is a National Monument so if you have your “America the Beautiful Pass” you can get in for free. Also if you live in the area they offer ‘Fort Pulaski National Monument Annual Pass’ for $10 a year which is not advertised. Always ask at sites for promotions like this!. Sometimes we like a little structure and look online at the ‘for teachers’ tab and find curriculum material. Anyone can print these off and do the class activities for free. We found five classes that are available just for Fort Pulaski which means I see us visiting again in the next couple months.
Here are some fun facts about the Cocksure Lighthouse:
The present Cockspur Lighthouse dates from 1856. The lighthouse survived the Civil War despite being in direct line of fire during the battle for Fort Pulaski in 1862. Finally extinguished in 1909, the lighthouse was relit in 2007. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia