Saturday, Sunday and today we traveled from South Carolina to Ohio, which is where we are tonight, Akron Ohio. Drove 638 miles, and I have to say I am tired. The roads were not good and very bumpy. A lot of up and down hills, with curves, plus 2 one mile tunnels through the mountains. Last night we even stayed at a Wal-mart in West Virginia, quite the experience. No hook ups and it got pretty cold, but the troopers that we are we made it through. Will be back at our home base in Newfane Thursday or Friday. Still have to do four more posts on Savannah, hopefully by the week end. Picture below is of our spot at Wal-mart.



Fort McAllister

Located south of Savannah on the banks of the Ogeechee River, the fort is in a very scenic area. It has the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. I didn’t know what earth works really were “Earthwork: A field fortification constructed out of dirt. An earthwork could be a mound but typically consisted of a ditch and a parapet. Embrasure: An opening or hole through the earthworks through which artillery was fired.” When Dave was explaining earthworks to me, my mind must have been elsewhere. What I especially didn’t realize was that under these huge mounds of dirt were actually buildings, huge buildings were the men ate, slept and lived. Quite an amazing engineering task.

.It was built in 1861 to defend the Georgia’s coast south of Savannah during the Civil War. It was positioned on land to allow its guns to fire upon incoming ships; its earth construction provided adequate defense against the naval artillery then available. Fort McAllister also had ten large-caliber guns and facilities for the heating of “red-hot shot,” cannonballs that, when striking their targets, could set wooden warships ablaze.

On December 13 1864 was a victory for the Union forces. General William Sherman attacked the fort, this time from land, as part of his March to the Sea campaign, immediately prior to the capture of Savannah. At this stage minimally defended, the fort was captured without the need to destroy the battery and defenses. In contrast to the long and unsuccessful bombardment from its sea approach, Fort McAllister was seized overland in a matter of minutes.

After its capture by the Union army, the fort was used as a prison for Confederate soldiers, falling after the war into a state of disrepair. It was restored in the 1930s and also has a museum.

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They have a museum there, with all kinds of stuff including this display of guns and shells.


These are shell fragments pick up from the fort after the battle, look how big.


This is the fort all made of earth, comprised of about 12 acres or so.


Looking out at the fort from the visitor center.


Officers house near the fort.


Going over the bridge to the fort, surrounded by a moat and these spikes abatmentments


A view of the interior, this is the main bunker that housed the troops


Another interior view.


Interior of the main room with the bunks.


View of one of the guns from inside.


Another gun inside..


The columbiad, hay who is that there miss America



FIRE, that away.


Hello, down there.



Hot shot oven was inside an earthern mound.


View atop the fort looking out to the river.


Another view out there were the union gun boats lobbing shells in.


Time after time the union could not destroy the fort. So they decided to attack it from the land during Sherman’s march to the sea., it was taken in less than half an hour.



The union came from the land side and this is the area where they charged.


The earthworks to the mortor battery.


The mortor battery and its bunker


The mortor. bowling ball size shells were fired from this.


Outside the fort on the water side.








One day in Savannah we visited the below places. The day was windy and a little chilly 65, haha, but all in all it was a good day.


Construction of the fort began in 1829. It would take another 18 years and $1 million to complete. In 1833. An estimated 25 million bricks were used to build the fort, with walls eleven feet thick that were thought to be impossible to get through.

At the mouth of the Savannah River, the fort’s original purpose was to defend Savannah, then a booming port city, from any attacks. After South Carolina seceded from the United States, starting the Civil War, Fort Pulaski was taken over by the state of Georgia’s Confederate troops. Most of them, however, abandoned it later that year because of the fort’s isolated location.

Seeing that the fort was mostly unprotected, Union forces took their chance and began building batteries on the beaches of Tybee Island, with the intention of taking the fort in the middle of the Confederate States. In 1862, the Union army asked Colonel Charles Olmstead, commander of the Confederate garrison, to surrender but he refused. And so began the siege of Fort Pulaski, where Union troops used state-of-the-art guns, among them the new James Rifled Cannon and the Parrott Rifle, in a 30-hour bombardment of the fort until it was penetrated. The Confederate commander surrendered. The siege became a historic experiment of military science and invention, and a case against military masonry construction.

Towards the end of the war a group of Confederate prisoners of war were housed in the fort under deplorable conditions. Known as the “Immortal 600” was a group of Confederate officers. They survived in spite of starvation rations and brutality. Some of these men remained in Pulaski until March, 1865. Thirteen of these men would die at the fort. They are buried under the memorial.

Our guide told us these men were really very rough in language and other things just all around very, very terrible to be around or near. But who can blame them. Fort Pulaski was declared a National Monument in October 1924 as a last measure to save the building, which had been for the most part unused, from ruin.

Both Dave and I learned a lot from our tour guide about the fort and the daily life of a soldier and saw two different cannons being fired. “Cover your ears with your government listed ear plugs, meaning Your fingers. haha


The mounds in back of the fort were not there during the civil war, they were put in much later as storage bunkers for munitions. The point faces toward the river.


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Entrance to the fort.

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View inside the fort, with cannon.



A photo of inside the fort, all of the openings would of had a blindage built of heavy timeber covering them as the photo shows.


One of the many rooms.



All of the cannon would have been able to swing left to right.

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This is a mortor, as opposed to a cannon this lobed shots high in the air like an arc. A bowling ball could fit in the opening.


Some of the cannon fired hot shot.


One of the openings for the cannon, look how thick.


A view from atop the fort looking in.


A view looking out to the river.


In 30 hours that’s the total number of shots fired ,and the battle was over.


A view of where the breach was made in the seven foot thick walls.


One union shell hit a cannon inside and caused severe damage as you see.

Below is views of the battle damage to the wall by the union guns. The one corner you can see newer brick this is where the breach in the wall was. It took the union only a few weeks to repair the damage.





Below, After the union took over the fort, there was also a lot of idle time. This photo is believed to be the first ever of a baseball game in progress.






Tybee Island is located 20 minutes from Savannah. It’s a island where you can swim, fish and explore a nice place to visit with, of course lots of history. Tybee Island you’ll find Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse. It’s a complete light station whose history dates back to 1732. Tybee Light was commissioned in 1732. The tower stands 145 feet tall and has three Light Keeper’s Cottages nearby with a small 1812 Summer Kitchen that now holds archaeological finds.  It played a great part into Savannah’s ports of call. In 1861, Confederate troops burned Tybee Light’s wooden stairs, as well as 40 feet of the tower. They did this to prevent Union troops from using the tower to guide their ships into port. After the Civil War, a completely fireproof lighthouse was built and this is what we saw today.

A Light house keeper was really a very hard lonely job , it wasn’t the aura of majesty, strength and beauty that you might think . Living in a lighthouse would Not have been romantic and beautiful.

You had to be physically strong to be able to carry out all the duties of a light keeper – from carrying 50-lb. pails of oil up flights of stairs, to winding the gears that turned the light, rowing the light-house boat, and carrying supplies into the lighthouse, to name a few.   It was also hard if he had a family there, they would be all alone and away from everything they had to be self-sufficient, and in some cases the family was not allowed to live with the light house keeper.   Who would want that job? Not Dave nor me neither!

“It took a special kind of person, a special kind of strength, to be a light keeper. A person who denied himself the comfort of others. A person who was committed to the task. A person who understood the

importance of the job. A person who recognized the position as a service to mankind. Such dedication was vital to survive the role and accomplish the goal – saving the lives of others.”

Across the street is Fort Screven’s Battery, it served as the gun battery and magazine for a 12-inch long-range gun. The room that formally stored over six hundred-pound projectiles and two hundred-pound bags of gun powder, is now the Tybee Island Museum. In 1950 the Tybee Island Museum opened and now it has exhibits that cover the time of the Euchee tribe, the history of Fort Screven and Tybee’s Golden Era.

North Beach on Tybee Island is a popular destination during the summer months for both tourists and Savannah residents. At the end of the nineteenth century, physicians told patients the salt water was good and cured things like ailments such as asthma and also allergies.

It  was also known during this time as a resort town. The island was famous for it’s crystal ball, big bands, and dances, it was a popular destination. With the opening of Tybee Road in 1923 to automobile traffic, the way of life on the island slowly started to change. and the end of an era was closing.




This is a real nice shot of the grounds.



Metal stairs were put in after they were burned by the union army after they took over the island. We climbed I think 187 stairs to the top.



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The summer kitchen was the oldest building still standing built in 1812. It was used a a kitchen as people did not cook in there houses ,afraid of fires.

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Some of the furnishings from the 1930’s owners.


Also from the 1930’s owners


View of the lighthouse from atop Fort Sweven.


Looking out toward the Atlantic, there are big container ships way out in the distance.


A view of the Atlantic from the top of the lighthouse.


A view from the beach.



The Atlantic ocean and beach.

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Wasn’t sure if I even could go on the beach Jeeez.



A little about Fort Screven.


A top of the fort, there were six buildings like this all had two huge coast guns on them. Never were they used.


Pirates were on Tybee island way back in the day,


Would like to think I would have been a pirate not the poor slug digging his own grave????


Tybee was a very popular place in the early teens and into the thirties.


This is a man’s tank top ,worn in the day.


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Amusement parks were the rage in the day here also.





We are now at Dreher state park South Carolinia, near Columbia. Left Savannah this morning and got here about 2 pm. Drove 216 miles today, that’s the most I have driven in a long time. Felt pretty good, some of the roads were though, and have a lot of bumps. The park is on a island, and has about 90 spots, not all that big either , we got a pull through and it is even a little tight. We leave here Saturday and head to the top of North Carolinia. Pics below of our spot, which is very nice.




View right out the front door.


This is my first post, of several on our visiting Savannah and surrounding areas. But first an update today is already April 22 nd, we have two days left here in the Savannah area. The time has just gone right by. We have seen a lot, the weather has been nice and most of all we have had a good time. This post is what we did on one day, we spent a total of four different days in Savannah itself, we spent one day at the Tybee lighthouse  and museum, Fort Pulaski, and the beach. One day at Fort McCallister ,(all of which I will have separate posts on)and one day at the 8th Air Force museum, which I have posted on already. We have been busy, after we leave here we are basically heading back home to our home base in Newfane. So on to what we did one day here.



The Wormsloe Historic Site was once the colonial estate of carpenter Noble Jones, who came to Georgia with James Oglethorpe in 1733. This former plantation is the site of the oldest standing structure in Savannah. The land stayed with Jones, who took several roles in the colony and fought against the Spanish, until he died and continued with his descendants until the state acquired it in 1973.

When entering the Plantation you see a mile-long driveway of oak trees, with plenty of Spanish moss on them that have grown into an amazing tunnel of trees. Someone said the entrance to the plantation is probably just what most Americans think of when talking about a Southern Plantation.  The driveway is spectacular and it’s even featured in several movies. Then we went to the ruins of Noble Jones’ 5-room tabby house. The ruins of the house, which was built in 1745 of tabby construction, a mix of mortar made from oyster shells, sand, lime, and water, the foundation still stands to this day. Nestled within lush forests and sheltered by salt marshes, the home was once surrounded by eight-foot-tall

From there we went to the colonial life area and saw buildings such as a blacksmiths house what was still left standing  There are also paths that lead out to the waters of the Isle of Hope, where there are breaks in the trees and even docks to venture out on to get a great view. We both we’re glad wedidn’t miss this “must see” of Savannah treasures.

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This was an awesome site to drive down, when all the trees we planted, they were little and as each side of the driveway had other trees by them these live oak trees grew inward. They are over 150 years old.



At first this was not a plantation but rather a front line fort, to watch for the Spanish who may invade from Florida.


The ruins




This is the inside of the typical house a family would have lived in in the day, it is only about 10 x 14 or so, one room, the bed is on the right side. Do not have a photo of the house itself,but they are small.


Who knew, Cricket was played way back in the day ,but it was.


Grave site of Noble Jones, almost right on top of the water, his son removed his body years later and put in in Bonaventure cemetery. What is weird is that his mother and sister are still here.


Close up of grave.


Sweet Melissa, she is standing at the edge of the river that the fort guarded. The tree is a bald sypress and is 250 years old, it fell over in  a storm in the mid 1800’s and has grown itself into the river bed and is still alive.


Old Fort Jackson is named after James Jackson, a one-time governor of Georgia who liberated Savannah from the British in 1782. Facing the Savannah River, the fort was originally built of earth, faced with brick, and topped with a gun platform of wood – making it one of the strongest fortifications in the country.

During the War of 1812, the United States anticipated an attack on Savannah and took several steps to prepare the fort for action. They built a palisade nearby, added a rail to the top of the cannon platform, and created a “hot shot furnace” where cannonballs could be heated to set attacking ships on fire. The war ended in 1815 with Savannah safe and secure.

In January 1861, under orders from then Georgia Gov. Joseph Brown, Confederate troops seized the fort from federal control. Throughout the Civil War, Fort Jackson served as a vital Confederate stronghold, housing several elite regiments and a heavy artillery unit. In December 1864, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman concluded his famous March to the Sea at Savannah, and the Confederates were forced to abandon the site.

Before exiting, the soldiers took measures to render the fort and its munitions useless to Union troops. They set the barracks ablaze, dumped ordinance in the surrounding moat and the river and rigged the fort’s doors to explode.

On Dec. 21, two Union regiments took possession of Fort Jackson and hoisted the flag. African-American soldiers from the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer infantry were the last active combat troops to occupy Fort Jackson.

Because of advances in artillery technology, Fort Jackson fell into obsolescence and was sold by the federal government in 1923. The Georgia Historical Commission opened the fort as a historic site in 1969, but financial problems forced its closure in 1975.

In the late summer of 1976, the Savannah based nonprofit Coastal Heritage Society reopened Old Fort Jackson under a lease from the State of Georgia. The society receives no federal funds and supports its historic operations through charitable gifts and memberships.

Today, Old Fort Jackson remains a historical site that has tours, demonstrations, reenactments and cannon firings among other activities.




Drawbridge with moat surrounding.


Inside the fort.


One of the many rifle ports


Yep, this is the bathroom, it would of had a roof, inside it would of had a floor with cutouts and there you go. But, the water would carry away the waste at hight tide, it worked pretty well.



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On top the fort walls, this is how they moved and lifted cannon up in the day, block and tackle.


Which way did it go.


A sea coast gun, on it’s rail system.



Melissa, tried her hand at being a signal officer, the war is lost.



Looking out at the river.


Bonaventure Cemetery was a plantation settled by Colonel Mylryne about 1760, he built a red brick plantation house on the land and named the place Bonaventure, which means “good fortune” in French. The property was seized during the Revolutionary War. Eventually it was bought by Peter Wilberger, owner of the Pulaski house for use as a cemetery. The city of Savannah purchased the cemetery in 1907.

The cemetery is filled with picturesque giant oak trees, beautiful Spanish moss, flowering bushes and incredibly ornate graves and tombs that all contribute to Bonaventure’s hauntingly beautiful atmosphere –  Truly Southern Gothic.

Many of Savannah’s statesmen, citizens and soldiers and entertainers are buried in here.  In recent years it has become one of Savannah’s most popular tourist attractions. The cemetery became famous when it was featured in the 1994 novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, and in the movie, directed by Clint Eastwood, based on the book.   It is in the National Registry of Historic Places, while still an active cemetery and it is always listed as one of the top beautiful and peaceful cemeteries in the world.

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Gracie Watson

She was born in 1883 and her grave is one of the most visited sites.

The monument was done from a photograph taken shortly before her death in 1889. Gracie was known to everyone in Savannah as her father owned Pulaski House, one of the city’s best hotels. She greeted and charmed all the guests and, when she died of pneumonia, the city mourned, as did many people around the world who had come to know her.

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The Bonaventure Jogger

This monument is dedicated to the memory of Julia Denise Backus Smith, a prominent member of Savannah society, who died 2003. As her epitaph indicates, she worked with compassion for the less fortunate of Savannah as a city commissioner. She was also the first woman from her city to compete in the Boston Marathon, and went on to win races in Georgia.Corinne Elliot Lawton

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Corrinne Lawton

Born: September 21, 1846 Died: January 24, 1877

This was one of the sadder stories…the story of Corinne Lawton. Her father was General Alexander Robert Lawton CSA, Civil War an important figure in Savannah. She met and fell in love with a man who was “across the tracks” and beneath her in society and they wanted her to marry someone against her wishes, a wealthy man from Savannah Society. As the story goes one day before the wedding , despondent and heartbroken, she rode her father’s best horse to the banks of the Savannah River and leaped in and drowned.  Our crying angel in all her splendor.

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Johnny Mercer

Johnny Mercer, born November 18, 1909, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.—died June 25, 1976, Bel Air, California), American lyricist, vocalist, and composer.   In 1942 Mercer founded Capitol Records with two other people and is credited with more than 1,000 lyrics including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Academy Award nominations, and won four Best Original Song Oscars. He wrote the lyrics for these songs I know, I bet Jennifer does too! “Jeepers Creepers,” Moon River,” “Zip a dee doo-dah, zip a dee ay,” and many others.


Below are other pics taken at the cemetery.

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Very early colonial graves here.

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One of the many, many lanes in the cemetery.

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Confederate soldier name just on a rock, no dates at all.



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Another confederate soldier, there were a lot like this.


Three brothers all confederate soldiers, lie next to each other




Today is Tuesday the 16th of April already. We have been in the Savannah area for six days already. Today and yesterday we went in to Savannah itself. Both days have been sunny and in the 70’s. We have barely seen anything. We plan on going into the historic city three more days yet. I will have a series of posts on Savannah but first want to post about the awesome experience we had last week visiting the Mighty 8th Air Force museum. The post is below.


The Museum, was an awe-inspiring place to visit. It said to plan on a two-hour visit, we were there for six hours. There were 16 sections to the museum, from how the 8th was formed, to the men involved, to barrak life and survival stories of the men who had to bail out and either escaped or were captured. They also have a restored B-17 there called the City of Savannah. She was the 5000 B-17 built at Hunter Field Ga. and was built-in 1944. Saw action with the 8th and returned back in 1946 had a few years as a transport and then scraped to the bone yard. Rediscovered in 2000, and with years of restoration there she is for all to see. Of the 13,000 B-17’s built during the war only 43 still exist, some can still fly and some just restored like this one.

The 8th was formed in 1942 and disbanded in early 1946, they had over 800 airfields all over England. It consisted of bomb groups of B-17’s and B-24 liberators, mostly the 17. They also had Fighter groups, with the P-47 thunderbolt ,and then the P-51 mustang as their fighter escorts to and from the missions. In the early days, the P-47 could not escort them into occupied France, so your chances of making the required 25 missions to go back home were 1 in 3 . Once the P-51mustang came around they could escort the bombers to the target and back ,and became known as “Little Friends”.Each B-17 held 10 men in different positions of the plane. A lot of fire power in those days but the German fighters picked them apart. If your plane was shot up and came out of formation it was swarmed by the enemy planes. If your aircraft was still flyable and level, you could bail out, but if it went in a spin or dive your chances were not good to get out as gravity pinned you where you were. It was not un common to have 30 or 40 planes not come back out of a mission of 100 planes. That’s 10 men to a plane. At one time the 8th could send 3000 planes on a single mission. WOW.

Most missions lasted 10 hours, once over 10,000 feet you had to be on oxygen and the higher you went the colder it got. Mission were usually at 30,000 feet.These guys put up with temps in the -40 degree range ,all the while either being shot at ,or having anti –aircraft fire come at them. I don’t know how they did it. The average age was 22 so I guess you feel like it won’t be you .

As I said the museum was a great tribute to these guys, who after the war never really talked about there experiences. I (we) are so glad that we went. Also Melissa’s father installed and tested all the equipment the radio man would use on a B-17. He was stationed in Arizona at one of the big air bases there, where the planes we fitted up and sent over seas.

A lot of pics below.

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Briefing room ,where pilots met at three in the morning to prepare for their missions. Melissa is the last one to leave,  she says no way.


After 25 mission you joined the Lucky Bastard Club, your ticket home. Very hard to get.


They had a side gunner position set up, with video and working gun to shoot at planes going by. I did not do too bad.


Melissa tried her luck, no luck at all.

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I’m in a German prison. Some of my friends think it is a good place for me.


A German flag all shot up.


One side of the 4 engine B-17, notice the front lower twin 50 caliber machine guns and side guns. These were put in late-model B-17 like this one made in 1944. The early ones did not have these, but with so many bombers being attached from the front they had to add them. The front nose is plexi glass, the bombardier st there the entire trip, he was given control of the airplane on the bomb run over a target, nerves of steel. The pilots sat in the top portion a little to the back.


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One of the four big engines.


Behind the wings looking forward, notice the side gunners open area, in the early part of the war, they had plexiglass over them but it was hard to see German fighters coming, so it was removed.All notice the ball turret gunners spot under the star.


This is where the ball turret gunner st when they were over enemy territory. He would be lowered in from inside the plane in flight,once in no way out, unless you have to bail out, in which case out the hatch he went.


Diagram of his position,, he could swivel in all direction.


Part of a wing from a downed plane, recovered and put in a museum in Germany after the war. Donated to this museum a few years back.

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This is the side front section of the Eager Beaver, cut away after the war and brought home by one of the pilots. Donated to the museum. Nose art was a big thing to identify your plane.


A plaque made up by members of the 8th to honor a lost bomber.

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One of the many stories

The pictures below show bomber jacket art done by the men during the war. This jacket below. is supposed to be the finest bomber jacket in existence.





The museum was filled with stories of life and death, during missions and after. The one below is just but one of them.




If you had to bail out, you either were killed when you hit the ground, were captured, (many were captured tortured and then just killed) or were lucky enough to have civilians help them escape, which there was a network of thousands who helped, bomber crews escape. If you were caught helping or were suspected of helping most times you were shot on the spot..

This is just one of the many stories we read.

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We are now at the Creek fire Motor ranch about eight miles from Savannah Georgia. We actually got here last Wednesday. It only was 102 miles from Crooked river state park, to here and it was nice weather. We have a large pull through site in the back lake section of the resort. The weather here has been nice around 80 every day, but have had a few showers here and there. The weather for the next week looks mostly sunny and 80 degree temps. So our jaunts next week into Savannah hopefully will be rain free. Some pics below of our site and the campground.


The entrance to the resort, look at the huge live oak tree with all the Spanish moss.


The drive back to the lake, the road is built up about ten feet off the swamp floor, that’s what the park was built on a swamp.


Looking out our door to the lake.




Fort Clinch Florida & Shark teeth.

Went back into Florida on Tuesday to go to Fort Clinch State park. This is the park we wanted to stay at but could not get in, it is very hard to make reservations, as it is very popular. So that is why we are at crooked river in Georgia.

Fort clinch park is huge, has very old live oak trees with the Spanish moss covering it ,kind of eerie. But the draw is the fort, which is very big. The fort is at the mouth of the St. Mary’s river, and the Atlantic ocean. It has a deep water way so good for a port. The fort was started in 1842, right on the beach, made of brick and mortar,with 25 foot high earthen mounds around it, then a depression or moat with a draw bridge. The walls are about 20 feet high and three or four feet thick. Each corner has a bastion or 4 sided defensive position with rifle ports at certain levels and a cannon on top. There are tunnels and covered ways every where to get to places. Inside it has buildings for the men , and everything you would need to keep it operating. It was the most impressive thing I have seen on our trip. The fort was never really finished ,during the civil war it was modified and built a little more. The fort was to protect the harbor, so it had an array of large cannon, siege guns and even a few mortars.  The fort in its long history never fired a shot nor was it ever attached.We spent over two hours exploring the fort and the buildings inside.



Map of the old road getting to the fort, parts of it are still here.


Part of the old road, now a path.


The fort entrance after you exit the visitors center. The spiked rails, are for keeping horses from charging in, they will not jump over these most of the time they would stop dead in their tracks and the rider would tumble forward off. Infantry also had a hard time getting by these. There would have been hundreds of these.


After entering the gates to the fort.


The fort grounds


Inside one of the mens barraks


The laundry room.


My favorite room, the toilet.


One of the many tunnel rooms to get to the outer part of the fort.


Par of one of the tunnel rooms


Back of one of the main barraks.


The inner part of the fort where one of the main barrak buildings was started but never completed.


One of the hundreds of rifle ports. Notice how thick the walls are


The interior part of the fort.


More inner workings of the fort.


Atop of one of the corner bastions


Another shot of the interior. The cannons are real, they were made in 1862, originally there were only 19 here.



Looking out the river.


Looking out toward the ocean side.


Each man was issued all this equipment


From the outer moat hill.


Fort from the river side.



The fort from the ocean side.

The CCC Comes to the fort.




Yep, this place is known for them ,and you can come here and hunt for them all you want. Who knew. It is a very popular thing to do down in Florida. So we did, we spent over two hours looking around the beach. Because it was early afternoon, people had already been over the beachs, but it was low tide. The teeth are here because the river is dredged every 5 years or so. That brings up all the millions of year old fossilized teeth. One guy is saw had about 20 in his bag ,and another guy, who also gave us a lesion in hunting for the teeth, he had about thirty. There are all kinds of teeth from different types of sharks, that lived millions of years ago. We were lucky to find 5, Melissa found the best one. It was a blast and I could go back any time. It was pretty sunny and about 80, some breeze. There is for sure an art to finding them ,so have to practise up for next year.


The beach

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The beach


The teeth are over two million years old. I was not born then. The middle one is the best and Melissa found that one. The bottom one has a tang broken off but should look like the middle one. They are about one and a half inchs long. The other teeth are the most common, they are about one half inch big.






One thing I forgot to mentioned on my last post was that the park is right next to King’s Bay Naval Station. This is where the Trident nuclear submarines ,come in and leave from. The Trident neuclar sub is the biggest sub we have. 550 feet long and about 150 crew. When they leave here they are gone for six months at a time, then come back in to be refitted and off they go again. Sometimes you can see them out in the bay, but so far we have not.

Saturday we went into St Mary’s to go to the submarine museum they have there. It was a really neat place, history of the earliest to the most modern of subs was there. A lot of WWII stuff and information. What we found the most interesting was that the city part, which is very small, is very historic and still has a lot of its oldest buildings still here and in fine condition. Some dating to 1810. It’s all right on the ST. Mary’s river. It was a very nice day and we spent about 5 hours there. Had lunch at Bessie’s and visited a cemetery formed in 1788. That was neat. There were quite a few people there also.

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I am standing right at the water almost in the photo above and the photo below we are down one of the main streets about 1/2 mile looking out toward the river.



Ready to set sail.

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Driving the sub,


Fire one, this is an actual periscope taken off of a old sub, they put it here , out through the roof, and you can actually swivel it and see the outside river area. Pretty neat.


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The park main square, right at the water, it was very nice and taken care of.




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Bessie’s where we had lunch from the second floor looking out at the river.


Our view from the second floor at lunch, they are redoing the main road so it was all tore up.

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The tide indicator

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They had over 30 people here who served in the revolutionary war, this is one.

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They had a plot of confederate soldiers here also, most unmarked, but a few had names. No dates on when they died.

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This one seemed to stick with me. His unit, but no date on birth or death.






We are now at Crooked River state park in Georgia, about 2 miles from Florida. On the coast of the Atlantic ocean pretty much. The park is on a bluff overlooking the Crooked river where it curves around. We are close to the Historic town of St. Mary’s Georgia, which we will visit. Our site is very big, most are, I had a little trouble backing in as the road is narrow and it curved toward the site ahead of me. My first attempt was with three vehicles behind me and I got messed up, so I drove around and got in a better place, it still took me a lot of jossling around to get in but did. Photo’s of our site below and one of a thunderstorm that came in over the water near us.