November 10-12: Free Entrance to Fort Pulaski

Stay at Lighthouse Inn on Tybee Island for Veteran’s Day Weekend (November 10-12, 2012).  Admission is FREE to Fort Pulaski National Monument near Tybee Island and about 15 minutes from downtown Savannah, Georgia.  For more information, call Fort Pulaski (912) 786-5787.

Weekend cannon firings are three times daily Saturdays and Sundays Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. 80; hours  9 a.m.–6:30 p.m. The park features the nation’s largest fully functional reproduction cannon.

Great Blue Heron bird at Fort Pulaski near Tybee Island (photo M. Turner)

Great Blue Heron fishing from moat (Photo by M. Turner. Source: Fort Pulaski National Monument)

Birdwatching. Birders will enjoy spotting fall birds at Fort Pulaski on Ossabaw Island — sparrows, White Ibis, Black-and-White Warbler, Eastern Meadowlarks, egrets, chickadees, titmice, wrens, yellow-rumps, Sedge Wrens, and Red-shouldered Hawk.

Civil War History. Significantly at Fort Pulaski, The National Park Service is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War from 2011 to 2015. You’ll notice that Fort Pulaski National will fly the 34-star United States flag from April 2012 until the end of the Civil War Sesquicentennial in April 2015.

Coming in December. Watch also for dates of the park’s “Christmas Past” in December annually — Holiday Candle Lantern Tour, which include a recreation of the Confederate “Nog Party” of 1861 and candlelantern canon firings.

From U.S. Highway 80 you’ll cross the bridge connecting McQueens Island and Cockspur Island, which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938.

On October 15, 1924,  using the authority provided by the American   Antiquities Act of 1906, President Calvin Coolidge established   Fort Pulaski National Monument. The monument’s administration was transferred  from the War Department to the Department of the Interior on July 28,  1933. As of this date, it became the National Park Service’s mission to oversee the restoration, management, and protection of this monument.

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