The Mission of the Friends of Fort Fremont

The mission of the Friends of Fort Fremont is to preserve and promote Fort Fremont as an educational, historical, natural, and cultural resource of the Spanish-American War era on the shores of historic Port Royal Sound in Beaufort, South Carolina.

The Friends of Fort Fremont Historical Park is incorporated as a 501(c)3 charitable organization to raise funds and awareness for the continuance and improvement of the Preserve.


The Fort Fremont 15 acre site was purchased for 4 million dollars by Beaufort County through the Beaufort County Rural and Critical Land Program and the Trust for Public Lands as a historic site and public park.
The vegetation in the park is a Maritime forest consisting of live oak, water oak, laurel oak, red oak, magnolia, palmetto palm, holly, wax myrtle, and pine trees.
The Fort Fremont park site has 900 feet of beach frontage on Port Royal Sound.

Fort Fremont Historical Park has three distinct elements which offer a unique and diverse opportunity to develop an outstanding passive park and historical learning site.

The high bluff coastal view offers an unparalleled view of Port Royal Sound.
The site provides wonderful passive park opportunities for experiencing a woodland forest preserve and green space picnic areas.
The Batteries offer educational and historic learning opportunities.

The Beaufort County Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program is the means by which Beaufort county council acquires property for conservation, parks, buffers scenic vistas, and preserves valuable economic and natural resources.

Fort Fremont Historical Park is a unique unspoiled example of a Spanish American War Era fortification in a beautiful natural setting with many diverse habitats.
Fort Fremont was named for Major General John Charles Fremont (1813-1898) famous for his early explorations in the far west and his role in the early history of California.
Fort Fremont played a vital role in its mission to protect the U.S. Naval Station in Port Royal during the Spanish American War Period.
Fort Fremont is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Historic Resources of St. Helena Island.
The Fort was completed in 1889 and was active until 1912.

A Protected Land Partnership

The vision and preservation plan for this site is a collaboration of dedicated individuals and organizations:

Friends of Fort Fremont Historical Park
Lowcountry Master Naturalist Association
Beaufort County Parks & Leisure Services

More History

Board of Directors

President Rod Kesting
Vice President Kathy Mixon
Secretary Jane Forsythe
Treasurer Cyn Follrich
Past President Cecile Dorr
Director Anne Kennedy
Director/Social Events Janelle Proctor
Director/Membership Wendy Wilson
Director/Library Maria Benac
Director/Facilities Joe Lee
Director Steve Guida
Director Barney Forsythe
Director Ted Panayotoff
Director Emeritus Brantley Harvey NA
Director Emeritus Pete Richards

Advisory Council

Advisor/Preservation Ian Hill
Advisor/Archaeology Dawn Ashlock
Advisor/Art & Models Dennis Cannady
Advisor/Engineering, etc. Dr. Marian Rollings
Advisor/Engineering Dr. Ray Rollings
Advisor/History Dr. Larry Rowland NA
Advisor/Parris Island Museum Dr. Stephen Wise NA

Site Map

  • cgi-bin/ Event calendar edited by our President
  • diorama.html: Page for the Fort Fremont Diorama housed at the St. Helena Branch Library at Penn Center
  • donate.html: PayPal page for donations to Friends of Fort Fremont
  • educat.html: Education for school groups, as well as Scouting opportunities and projects
  • events.html: Coming and featured events scheduled for Friends of Fort Fremont
  • exhibit.html: Slideshow of Verdier House display "Homeland Security circa 1889"
  • facil.html: Facilities information - graffiti, safety, improvements and more
  • history.html: History of Fort Fremont and the Spanish American War effort in the Lowcountry of South Carolina
  • index.html: Home page for Fort Fremont Historical Preserve and Beach, as well as the Friends group
  • info.html: You are here - mission statement, sitemap, contact us, board names, history of the Friends group
  • intctr.html: Beaufort County plans to build an Interpretive Center at the Fort Preserve
  • join.html: Membership information - how to join the Friends of Fort Fremont
  • links.html: Links to references, local resources, and friends of the Fort and the board
  • map.html: Map, directions to Fort Fremont on St. Helena Island, SC; address and coordinates
  • priv/members.html: Board, Committee, & Member information - Login, password, protected folders
  • news.html: Current event news & media links to articles, etc.
  • photos.html: Photo galleries, come see our Fort and Park!
  • projects.html: Completed and on-going projects -tours, the diorama and more
  • social.html: We are the friendly Friends and hold awesome oyster roasts and other social events
  • special.html: Special event page - reserved for Interpretive Center groundbraeking & Opening
  • sorry.html: Error page for PayPal
  • thanks.html: Confirmation page for PayPal
  • video.html: All the videos you might wish to view on one big page