Historic Markers Across Georgia

Frederica - The Barricks

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: at Fort Frederica National Monument on Mimosa Dr., Saint Simons Island, GA
County: Glynn
Coordinates: N 31° 13.498    W 081° 23.496
  31.22496666    -81.3916
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


"There are barracks in the town on the north side,ninety feet square, built of tappy, covered by cypress shingles; and a handsome tower over the gateway¨¨"
London Magazine October 23, 1747

At the time of the Spanish attack in 1742, about 200 British troops were stationed at Frederica. Some of the officers and married men lived in their own homes in or near town. Others lived camp-style in clapboard or thatched huts adjacent to this site. The barracks that stood here could accommodate more than 100 men.

The building took the form of a square with rooms surrounding an open parade. Walls were made with tabby one foot thick. Soldiers entered the barracks through a gateway covered by a tower made of double thick tabby. Fortunately, three walls of this impressive tower remain standing and have been stabilized by the National Park Service.

During the 1742 Military campaign the barracks served as a hospital, and as quarters for Spanish prisoners-of-war.


More information:
NPS - Fort Frederica National Monument
NPS - Fort Frederica National Monument
Wikipedia - Fort Frederica National Monument
Explore Georgia - Fort Frederica National Monument - Saint Simons Island, GA