Hello sweet friends. Today we continue our Travels in the South series with our friends Fozziemom and Fozziedad who visited all the way from Australia. Now this little piggy is jealous over today’s adventure. I think I could have had a ball roaming the grounds with everyone exploring the way they did. You see, on this day everyone visited Ft. Pulaski National Monument which is a national park near Tybee Island in Chatham County.
This is an aerial view of Ft. Pulaski National Monument courtesy of Ft. Pulaski 🙂 Thank you Ft Pulaski! Ft. Pulaski was going strong in the days of the American Civil War. It is over 5,000 acres consisting of tidal marshes and mud flats. There are canon and musket reenactments throughout the day. The park is open daily from 9AM to 5PM.
You can go throughout the yards either on a guided tour or you can venture around by yourself.
Your tour really starts when you park your car. The grounds are absolutely beautiful! You start down paths walking to the entrance and you also see the moat. Now, go ahead and raise your hands my friends.
How many of you want a moat around your house? I’m raising my piggy hoof. I think it would be kind of cool for sure. I bet back in the day they didn’t have solicitors knocking on their drawbridges – snorts with piggy laughter!
Now when everyone first got there, they heard loud noises that sounded like cannon shots. But, upon further investigation, mom/dad found out that actually it was from muskets being fired at a kind of show and tell. Even the guy shooting the musket, was dressed in attire from the Civil War days. Cool huh?
But after the shots of the musket, things were silent. Mom said that you could close your eyes, smell the musket from when it was fired, you could feel the wind blowing around you, the water hitting the moat and you could almost visualize life as it was in the fort. Mom might have said a moan from a soldier could also be heard. Was the place haunted?
The fort was built in 1861 and is still in remarkable condition. You do see some of the stonework falling inside of the casemates as you can see in the picture with the fireplace. But overall, it is still an overwhelming fort.
Some people – like Fozziemom and Fozziedad – climbed onto of the fort to get a better view and to take some amazing pictures over the wall looking out over the water. If you look closely at the picture with the cannon, those two specks at the top – that would be Fozziemom and Fozziedad the adventurers.
And as Fozziemom was taking pictures, mom captured her in a picture of her own. This is Fozziemom in her glory, aimed and ready to shoot something fantastic.
So the question remains. Is Fort Pulaski haunted? Is it spooky – yes. Do you pick up “feelings” of days gone – yes. Mom said they could close their eyes and hear and picture in their minds the activity that happened once upon a time.
Since mom/dad have been back home, I’ve done a lot of research on Fort Pulaski. To my amazement, there have been many encounters with the unknown at the Fort over the years. There was a story about a mother and son visiting the fort that were crossing over the draw bridge to enter into the fort. They met a Confederate sentry dressed in uniform with his sword. They spoke to him about his outfit and the fort. The mother then inquired about a restroom and he advised that he could not leave his position to show her. She thanked the man and with her son she continued into the fort to ask about the restrooms. There she was advised that the restrooms were at the entrance. She became upset and told the man about the soldier she spoke to at the drawbridge. The man advised her that they had no soldiers dressed in Confederate uniforms at the fort.
Then there was a time that a group of Confederate reenactors placed a wreath at the graves in 1994. They then settled down for the night and camped out. During the night, a young 12 year old boy couldn’t sleep and was walking around the fort. Nearing the graves, he saw a figure of a Confederate soldier in uniform on his knees near the grave they had put the wreath. The soldier had his hat in his hand, then stood and faded away into the air.
Then during further research, I learned that an actor that you might have heard of did a movie at Fort Pulaski back in 2009. The movie was called The Conspirator and the actor was Robert Redford.
It’s up to you to decide if it’s haunted or not. Maybe someone needs to let the worker at the shop know that there has been some cases of mysterious sightings. It was definitely an adventure!
07/06/2016 at 3:20 am
I bet they looked if that cannon on the roof still works :O) maybe Bev wanted some shots with the cannon and her canon :o) And yes… this place must be haunted… and I wouldn’t spend a night there…
07/06/2016 at 8:59 am
I think my Nikon wanted to win a battle against the Cannon hahaha..had to be careful i did not fall off the edge ..a night there in the medical part..ewww 🙂
07/06/2016 at 10:28 am
at least you could sing the men at work song on the way to hospital :O)
07/06/2016 at 9:19 am
It’s a totally cool place brother. Mom said they allow anipals on the grounds. Now I wouldn’t mind going but one sniff of something ghostly, I would be so outta of there! XOXO – Bacon
07/06/2016 at 6:03 am
Cool old fort! Haunted? Probably! Just think of all the action that place saw and all the people who died there……eeeek……….
07/06/2016 at 8:57 am
I think what got us was how north and south went at each other so fiercely! Amazing history Sammy 🙂 xx
07/06/2016 at 9:20 am
I know cousin! I can just imagine all of the life that has been there, the struggles, the smell of the cannons. WOW!! XOXO – Bacon
07/06/2016 at 7:38 am
That sounds like a cool place to go. Thanks for sharing.
07/06/2016 at 9:20 am
Thank you my sweet friend. XOXO – Bacon
07/06/2016 at 8:56 am
Oh what a great day we had too! And it was amazing the vibe 🙂 i would maybe spend a night there but not in those catacombs underneath..ewwww 😉 loves Fozziemum xxx
07/06/2016 at 9:22 am
Mom says she completely understands! It was such a magical place – almost like stepping back in time. Awesome – and the company made it even better! XOXO – Bacon
07/06/2016 at 9:24 am
The company was perfect! We miss your Mum and Dad..one day my friend 🙂 loves Fozziemum ( who possibly broke herself today…yikes! ) xx
07/06/2016 at 10:22 am
Lowers head. Oh no. The Fozzie is broke. How will we piece her back together again? ❤ XOXO – Bacon
07/06/2016 at 9:33 am
Yes. Paws up for a moat. Spooky but cool post!
07/06/2016 at 10:28 am
Snorts – I think a moat would be totally cool. If we didn’t like the solicitor, we could toss them in the water… accidentally of course. XOXO – Bacon
07/06/2016 at 10:30 am
Hey, in summer it would be a kindless to let them cool off!
07/06/2016 at 4:47 pm
bacon….total lee awesum post two day, manee thanx for sharin & ewe can bet WE raized R paws when ya said de werd…moat 🙂 theeze fotoz bee awesum & we N joyed heerin a bit bout de histree 🙂 ♥♥♥
07/06/2016 at 4:49 pm
aaww thank you my sweet friend. I think we would all love a moat from time to time – snorts! XOXO – Bacon
07/06/2016 at 9:33 pm
I am jealous of the whole trip! I would LOVE a moat butt I would have water lilies and fish and ducks.
(no crocs for me) I LOVE history and I am glad everyone had fun going there. Fozziemum is a gifted photographer. Shane and I want to visit you guys SO BAD! 😀
07/07/2016 at 9:45 am
Oh Auntie Sharon – we would have a blast and mom/dad would show you all over the town – especially the zombie lands for Shane. There’s a lot to do around us and then there’s always the Tybee Island beach and Ft. Pulaski. And mom says don’t forget about the shopping! XOXO – Bacon
The Canadian Cats
07/08/2016 at 3:32 pm
How interesting Bacon. Bet that Fozzie mom and dad had a super time at this old fort. Mom has a great imagination for forts of long ago but it sounds like your mom does too Bacon.
07/08/2016 at 3:56 pm
Oh yes my sweet friend. Old places like this really intrigue my mom. She wonders if ghosts still stay at these places reliving their lives. Kind of cool huh? This place did have a strange feel to it for sure. XOXO – Bacon
Tails Around the Ranch
07/10/2016 at 3:02 pm
What a remarkable side trip! The grounds look lovely but we’d prefer the ghosties to stay away if we visit. 😉
07/11/2016 at 10:12 am
Snorts! I’m sure if you asked the ghosts to stay away nicely, they would. Mom said it was a fun place to visit for sure. XOXO – Bacon