Fort Pulaski National Monument

Center for the State of the Parks: Park Assessments

Published November 2007


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Fort Pulaski National Monument, located 15 miles east of Savannah, Georgia, is home to the first site of European colonization in Georgia, structures from the Spanish-American War, and its namesake 19th-century fort. Fort Pulaski was also a stop along the Underground Railroad and sheltered escaping slaves from 1862 until the end of the Civil War--a fitting recognition of the enslaved peoples whose labor built the structure between 1829 and 1847.

In fiscal year 2006, Fort Pulaski National Monument received 356,000 visitors who toured the fort with rangers, watched musket firing and cannon demonstrations, explored scenic trails through woods and marsh, and participated in a host of other recreational and educational activities.

According to NPCA's Center for State of the Parks assessment, current overall conditions of Fort Pulaski National Monument's known cultural resources rated "fair" with a score of 69 out of 100. The park lacks enough space to store its museum collection, and more research is needed on historic structures and historical topics. But important historic preservation work has been accomplished recently, and the park’s Cockspur Island Lighthouse was relit in March of 2007 for the first time in nearly 100 years.

Natural resources received a "fair" score of 79 out of 100. The park provides important protection for salt marsh and tidal creek systems, which function as critical wildlife habitat. These resources are vulnerable to activities outside Fort Pulaski's boundaries. Pollution from industry upstream from the park could affect water quality.

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