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McIntosh County

McIntosh County

McIntosh County split from Liberty County in 1793 and was named for Lachlan McIntosh, a general in the Continental Army. The county is a mostly rural community and has the distinction of being the only county in Georgia with no cycling traffic lights.

The county is well-known for its fresh, local seafood and is home to a thriving shrimping industry. Seafood lovers find the county’s many seafood restaurants well worth the short drive from Fort Stewart. The county is also a favorite destination of outdoorsmen for its hunting and fishing locales, including the Altamaha River, Buttermilk Sound, Sapelo Sound and Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge.

Darien

Darien, the county seat of McIntosh, is the second-oldest planned city in the state and the site of the first English fort in Georgia. Fort King George, built in 1721, is a state historic site open to the public. Visit www.gastate­parks.org/FortKingGeorge for more information.

 

Darien hosts the annual Blessing of the Fleet each spring, which brings thousands to the historic community to wish the shrimp boat crews a safe, bountiful harvest of wild Georgia shrimp. The city also hosts Darien Fall Fest, with a classic car show, a pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, a kayak and canoe race, and more. Other city attractions include the Darien Outlet Center, Waterfront Park and the boardwalk.

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