COCKSPUR ISLAND, Georgia — November 9-11, 2013 — Veterans Day weekend — are fee-free entrance dates at Fort Pulaski National Monument near Tybee Island and Savannah, Georgia.
Did you know?
- Large populations of both resident and migratory birds are present. The park provides nesting habitat for the painted bunting, a species of special concern due to loss of neotropical wintering grounds. A glimpse of this colorful and secretive bird is a treat you will not soon forget.
- Fort Pulaski became a final destination on the Underground Railroad as slaves sought freedom on Cockspur Island.
- The National Park Service is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War from 2011 to 2015. Don’t be surprised to hear a born-in-the-south southerner call the Civil War the “War of Northern Aggression”.
- Fort Pulaski National Monument is presented as it appeared during the period of the Civil War from 1861 to 1865.
- The American Alligator is native to coastal Georgia and can often be found lurking in the wet ditch or moat surrounding Fort Pulaski.
- Also on Cockspur Island is the present Cockspur Lighthouse, which dates from 1856. The lighthouse survived the Civil War despite being in direct line of fire during the battle for Fort Pulaski in 1862.
- Only 10 minutes east of Fort Pulaski National Monument on U.S. Highway 80 are the inviting beaches of Tybee Island.
- The park is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.