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General Oglethorpe's Birthday & Holiday Open House

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General Oglethorpe's Birthday & Holiday Open House

Start Time:2:00 PM
End Time:5:00 PM
Location Address:Fort Frederica
City:St. Simons Island
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Description:As the leading figure of the new colony of Georgia, General James Edward Oglethorpe was feted on his birthday in the young settlements of the colony. On Saturday, December 8th, the National Park Service at Fort Frederica National Monument will celebrate Oglethorpe’s birthday in true colonial style from 2:00 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Join park staff and living history volunteers for musket firings, toasts and joviality. To start the celebration, the Neptune Garden Club has decorated the visitor center in colonial style and members will serve refreshments throughout the day. Special programs are scheduled to highlight the history of Frederica:

The celebration of James Oglethorpe’s birthday is one of the many special events the National Park Service at Fort Frederica hosts each year. “Oglethorpe was the leading figure in the founding of the Georgia colony and his birthday was a chance for the settlers of Frederica to momentarily step away from the rigors of frontier life,” says Fort Frederica Site Manager Steve Theus. “We hope people will take a break from the rigors of modern life and join us as we toast the 321st birthday of General James Oglethorpe in holiday style.”

Entrance for the event is free. For further information, please contact the park visitor center at 912-638-3639.