The Town Wall

The Town Wall (HM1EIW)

Location: Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 Glynn County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 13.416', W 81° 23.406'

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Fort Frederica National Monument

"The town is surrounded by a rampart with flankers, of the same thickness with that round the fort?" London Magazine 1745

The tree-covered embankment in front of you is a remnant of a mile-long earthen wall that once enclosed the town. Construction of the wall began about 1739 and probably continued for several years.

The earthworks consisted of a sodden rampart 6 feet high, with a firing step on the inside and a moat on the outside. The moat was bounded by two rows of eight-foot posts called palisades. These defenses would have been difficult for enemy soldiers to cross, and none ever tried.

Today the palisades are gone and earth-works have been eroded, but remnants of the wall and moat are visible.

The fortifications surrounding the town resembled those at the fort. The earth removed in digging the moat was used to build the rampart.
Placed ByNational Park Service, US Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 10:49am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 462845 N 3454448
Decimal Degrees31.22360000, -81.39010000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 13.416', W 81° 23.406'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 13' 24.96" N, 81° 23' 24.36" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6515 Frederica Rd, Saint Simons Island GA 31522, US
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