Today we visited Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island in #Georgia
. Three years after founding Georgia in 1733, Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe established Fort Frederica to defend the colony against Spanish attack from Florida. In the 1742 battles of Bloody Marsh and Gully Hole Creek, forces under #Oglethorpe
successfully repulsed Spanish attempts to invade St. Simons Island. By 1743, nearly 1,000 people lived at Frederica. The area with the fort's walls was a bustling community which included a tavern, butcher shop, candle maker, carpenter, and doctor, among many other trades. The fort remained active until a peace treaty between Great Britain and Spain was signed in 1748. Many residents continued living in the community until 1758, when a large fire destroyed the town. #Frederica
was then abandoned and forgotten by time. In 1945, Fort Frederica National Monument was established. Since then, archaeological investigations have uncovered artifacts and foundations under the soil that have helped historians rediscover the stories behind the site.