Fort Frederica’s bleaching ruins dot the landscape where a thriving town stood. A place that was home to roughly 1,000 people is now quiet. The site remains difficult to comprehend; its stories shrouded in a mysterious history.
Beginning at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17, the burning of a lime rick will be the backdrop for an evening of storytelling and history. A lime rick consists of stacked logs with racks of oyster shells. The heat of the fire breaks down the shells into lime. This source of lime allowed Frederica’s settlers to build tabby homes that were so durable that ruins still remain. Burning of the rick will depend on weather conditions.
Visitors should meet in the breezeway of the visitor center at 6 p.m., where there will be a short tabby-making demonstration, followed by the lighting of the lime rick and a candlelight tour, that will feature the stories of Fort Frederica settlers and soldiers, from the 42nd Regiment of Foot. Musket and cannon firings will highlight the stories of the fight for British rights to Georgia – and the colony’s survival.
Frederica’s townspeople will be featured. Visitors can meet the citizens on the original lots where they lived and plied their trades. Visitors will glimpse the struggles that the settlers had to overcome.
Admission is free.
For details and information, contact 912-638-3639.
Archaeology and historic preservation professionals will be on hand, as will exhibitors from Georgia Southern University, Cannon’s Point Preserve, Southeast Archaeological Center, Sons of the American Revolution and others. They will showcase archaeological sites in Georgia, display rarely seen artifacts and present children’s activities. A temporary exhibit will be unveiled that will feature some of the recent finds and work conducted by park staff, volunteers and summer camp attendees this past spring at Fort Frederica.
Guest speakers, whose archaeological work focuses on the Golden Isles and Coastal Empire regions will give talks from 1-3 p.m. about their recent research. They include:
Laura Seifert — “Kian House Archaeology: From Jewish Immigrants to the Museum for the Masses”
Rhianna Bennet — “Archaeology in the Classroom: History and Impact of the Fort Frederica Archaeology Program”
Scott Clark — Late Woodland Period Subsistence in Coastal Georgia: Remains from Taylor Fish Camp”
Lindsey Cochran — “More Than Tabby Ruins: Housing Below the Surface of Georgia’s Lowcountry Plantation Landscapes”
Dr. Nick Honerkamp — “Did James Edward Oglethorpe Sleep Here? Summarizing the Above-Ground Evidence”
Michael Seibert — “Findings from Recent Archaeology at Fort Frederica 2017-2018”
Admission is free. For details and information, contact Michael Seibert at Michael_Seibert@nps.gov.