Fort Moore (4)

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Fort Moore (4) (1715-1746) - A British colonial fort first established in 1715 along the Savannah River near the present day town of Beech Island, Aiken County, South Carolina. Named Fort Moore after colonial South Carolina Governor James Moore. Abandoned in 1746.

Fort Moore Roadside Marker.


Built in the winter of 1715 by the colonial government of South Carolina after a series of hostile Indian attacks on settlers escalated into what became the Yemasse War. The fort was located on a high bluff along the Savannah River across from present-day Savannah, Georgia. The fort was paced along ancient Indian trading paths known collectively as the Cherokee Path and was one of a series forts built to protect these routes.

The fort has been described as a 150-foot square palisaded compound that was both a military fort and a trading post. Archeological remains have indicated that it may have been a bit bigger, perhaps 200 feet square.

Abandoned in 1746 as Augusta became the more important trading center in the area.

1724 South Carolina Province Appropriations for Fort Moore
Item Number For Amount
Yearly Total
Pay 1 Commander 250 250
Pay 1 Lieutenant 144 144
Pay 1 Sergeant 96 96
Pay 24 Men 72 1,728
Provisions - Men 405 405
Necessaries - Men 100 100
Total 27 2,723

Current Status

Archeological remains only, Aiken County, South Carolina. Marker on Sandbar Ferry Road (State Hwy 28) just before the Savannah River Bridge. A series of archeological digs beginning in 1971 have unearth numerous artifacts and building/compound traces that indicate the palisaded compound may have been located.

Location: Near the town of Beech Island, Aiken County, South Carolina.

Maps & Images

Lat: 33.43139 Long: -81.91028

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Visited: 8 Feb 2018

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