Exploring Fort Polaski


A few weekends ago, we visited Fort Pulaski in Savannah, GA. What was supposed to be a cloudy afternoon, turned out to be a beautiful day. Fort Pulaski has a lot of great history behind it. This fort was built to protect the US and the port of Savannah from foreign invasion. Fort Pulaski was completed in 1847 after 18 years of construction and $1 million dollars in constructions costs.

Keep reading to see more pictures from our tour around the fort. 



We enjoyed watching these guys shoot off the cannons. They had a smaller one and then this larger one. The larger one was loud. I could only imagine how deaf the soldiers must of been after hours and hours of firing the cannons off. 


The fort looks a lot different today than it did over a 100+ years ago when it was the center of the war. Back when the the south and the north were at war with each other, the entire Fort was covered in dirt, trenches, and rubble. We learned that the soldiers built trenches to stop incoming cannons from rolling and causing further destruction. Also, along the walls of the second story, you'll notice rectangular windows. Back when the Fort was operational, every window was filled with a working cannon. The Fort was tactically armored on every side. 


Before the start of the Civil War, this Fort was only manned by two soldiers. 


The footprints of cannon balls that had once crashed into the brick walls. 



These pools of water border the fort to protect against foreign invasion.


I couldn't believe how tall these cannon wheels are. I'm 5'3. 


The left wall in this picture was one of two walls that was damaged badly during the war. 


The tip of this cannon was chipped when a cannon ball hit it. 


These rectangular windows are where cannons once sat. If you look closely at the wood floors, you''' notice a rounded line that served as a track so the cannon could slide side to side when aiming through the window.  



Soldiers slept in these replicated bunks when living at the fort. 



The wood covering that leans up against the brick wall, is not an emergency slide like I had guessed lol, but a protective covering for soldiers who were trying to walk around the fort. These wood arches protected soldiers from falling debris and incoming cannon balls. The wood arches used to line the entire brick pathway. 


On April 11th, 1862, Union forces fired upon Fort Pulaski for 30 hours before the 7.5 foot thick walls were breached and the confederates surrendered. 


These walls took the most damage during the war. 


What looks like a cute relaxing spot, used to serve as a major port for incoming ships. 



It's hard to imagine this area could dock ships 100 years ago. This is one of those spots where you imagine what it used to be like back in the hustle and bustle of its day. I imagined myself being in there shoes thinking, there's no way they could of predicted what this dock, let alone what this world would be like 100+ years later. It's crazy to think, "we are the future" as I walk around with my iPhone snapping pictures. 

We enjoyed time traveling back to the 19th century for a day. It's unbelievable how much progress mankind has made in such a short amount of time. It blows me away all the time. Fort Pulaski is another historical and beautiful reminder of that. It's also a very well preserved example of 19th century military architecture. Fort Pulaski is just a short 10-15 minute drive from Downtown Savannah and is open daily 9am-5pm. Definitely stop by and check it out for yourself if you ever find yourself in Savannah. 

8 comments

  1. I think I've only been to 3 forts before, but it's definitely fun to explore! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. That owuld be incredibly cool to see in person. I would love to get to that part of the country one day!
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  3. What a cool tour! I loved visiting pieces of American history. I cannot believe the cannons only made dents! So crazy! http://mymonochromaticlife.com

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  4. This is so neat! I remember visiting the fort in St. Augustine, FL (the name escapes me) and it was great. Great photos!

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  5. That looks like such a fun trip, and I can't believe the holes in the walls made by the cannons!

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  6. I got chills when you said about how you are walking about taking pictures with your iphone. I bet that the people there 100+ years ago never pictured that!!! It looks like it was such a beautiful day in those pictures!

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  7. So much history, and such a gorgeous day! Love that the weather cleared up for you <3
    Green Fashionista

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  8. Great photos! Seems like such a fun spot to visit!

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