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Fort Pulaski , a fun historical adventure

Fort Pulaski , a fun historical adventure
While visiting Tybee Island, my daughter and I decided to go to Cockspur Island where Fort Pulaski and the Cockspur Lighthouse are located. Fort Pulaski is a National Monument rich in history and culture. There is a small fee of $5 and they even let you bring your pet on a leash. The park also has trails to walk where you may see wildlife including deer, marsh birds, bald eagles, and more. Some of the 11 protected species that have been seen at the park include loggerhead sea turtles, manatees, and swallow-tailed kites. Be sure to bring bug spray though!

You can see the damage from cannonballs on the sides of the fort and areas that were replaced from massive damage. We enjoyed walking thru this great landmark and learning as we went, by reading signs, visiting the information center, and watching a Confederate dressed soldier fire off a few rounds from his musket. There are several interpretive programs and demonstrations to enjoy. We were able to walk along the top of the walls and take in a beautiful view of the area including the Cockspur Island Light. The lighthouse is shaped like the prow of a ship to reduce the wave impact and is built on a mussel and oyster bed.

I loved the architecture of the Fort and found many photo ops with shapes, dimensions, and textures. As we were exploring, we discovered some tunnels that were like a maze under the mounds. The Underground Railroad here assisted slaves in setting up residence in the fort’s old construction village. Many of the men became part of the first colored troops in the Civil War. Hundreds gained their freedom at Cockspur Island.

I would highly recommend if you are in the Tybee Island-Savannah area to take some time to explore this wonderful area especially if you have kids or are a history buff. It’s educational, beautiful and full of photo opportunities. And you can bring Fido!

 

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