Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve

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Fort Frederick
Nearest city Port Royal, South Carolina
Coordinates 32°23′6″N 80°40′46″W / 32.38500°N 80.67944°W / 32.38500; -80.67944Coordinates: 32°23′6″N 80°40′46″W / 32.38500°N 80.67944°W / 32.38500; -80.67944
Built 1734
Governing body Department of the Navy
NRHP Reference # 74001826[1]
Added to NRHP December 31, 1974

Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve is a 3-acre (12,000 m2) property located in Port Royal, South Carolina.[2][3] Situated along the Beaufort River, the preserve contains the remains of Fort Frederick.[2][3] Also known as "Fort Prince Frederick", the tabby fort was built by the British between 1730 and 1734 to defend against a possible attack from the Spanish at St. Augustine, Florida. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]

The fort, also known as Fort Prince Frederick, is believed to be the oldest tabby structure in the state. Provincial scout boats were stationed here periodically. A relatively small fort, it measures 125 feet by 75 feet with an obvious bastion on the southwest side. The eastern wall was lined with a battery and cannon. The interior of the fort held a barracks and a magazine and was garrisoned by an independent company of British regulars until their transfer to Georgia in 1736.

The preserve is located on the grounds of the Beaufort Naval Hospital. Public access is not permitted except for pre-arranged tours through the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources at 803-734-3893.[4]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b Kendall, J.B.; Sherry Piland (September 4, 1974). "Fort Frederick" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Fort Frederick, Beaufort County (Address Restricted)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  4. ^ State of South Carolina, Department of Natural Resources

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