"Fort Oglethorpe Historic District" Fort Oglethorpe Things to Do Tip by FOhappycamper

Fort Oglethorpe Things to Do: 6 reviews and 13 photos

In addition to the original Parade Ground (Johnston Field) and the Band Stand, the historic Fort Oglethorpe Post consist of eighteen original structures:

• (One) Band Barrack
• (One) Post Guard House (Stockade)
• (Six) Double Officers’ Quarters for 2 Lieutenants and families
• (Five) Double Officers’ Quarters for 2 Captains and families
• (Four) Single Officers’ Quarters for a Field Grade Officer and family
• (One) Officers' Bachelors Quarters

The original Hospital, Post Chapel, Post Exchange, Theater, and Gymnasium are located within walking distance.

Walking tour maps are available at the 6th Cavalry Museum (located on the Parade Ground).


1904: US Army post established.

1905: Post commissioned, and named Fort Oglethorpe.

1912: President William Howard Taft signed bill increasing Fort Oglethorpe to a full brigade post.

1914 - 1921: Post expanded during WWI to more than 1,600 buildings and more than 60,000 troops. Parade ground was used as detention camp for enemy aliens and prisoners of war.

1920 - 1930: Soldiers of 6th Cavalry held polo matches on the parade grounds.

1930 - 1940: Post prepared for war, with bantam cars and other automobiles gradually replacing horses in the 6th Cavalry.

1941 - 1945: Fort Oglethorpe used as Army induction center, prison barracks and stockade during WWII.

1942: Sixth Cavalry transferred to South Carolina.

1943: About 5,000 women from the Women's Third Army Corps Training Center move in.

1947: Post declared surplus.

1948: Civilian town created.

1949: City of Oglethorpe chartered.

1977: Buildings placed on the National Historic Register.

Time Period Represented: 1904 - present

How to Get There:

Address for Mapquest or GPS: #6 Barnhardt Circle – Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

Interstate 75 take Exit 350 / Battlefield Pkwy to Fort Oglethorpe -

Traffic Light at Kmart (LaFayette Road / Hwy 27) turn LEFT –

At 3rd traffic light (Harker Road) turn RIGHT –

Turn LEFT at Stop Sign onto Barnhardt Circle.

Address: Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
Directions: Fort Oglethorpe Historic District
othercontact: fortotourism@gmail.com
Phone: 706-861-2860
Website: http://www.fortotourism.org

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