Darien, Georgia

Darien, GA Real Estate, Darien Area and Community Information

Darien, Georgia, is a coastal community with about 2,000 residents located at the mouth of the Altamaha River. This McIntosh County city is not far from Brunswick and the Golden Isles. Darien was originally named New Inverness, and it has the distinction of being one of the earliest planned communities in the state.


The oldest fort in what is today the state of Georgia was built in 1721 by the English. Fort King George was built near today's Darien. After repeated attacks by the Spanish, the fort was abandoned in 1727. What is today Darien was founded in 1736 by Scottish Highlanders that were assigned to protect the Georgian frontier. A total of 177 men, women and children arrived on the "Prince of Wales" to found the community. Fort Frederica was started in the same year on nearby St. Simons Island.

The town was largely destroyed during the Civil War, and it was promptly rebuilt in the years thereafter. By the early 20th century, Darien had become one of the major ports for shipping lumber in the Southeast. When the timber in the area was depleted, townsfolk turned to shrimping and fishing to earn a living.

Parks and Recreation

Darien's Waterfront Park is a picturesque place to go fishing, strolling or picnicking. It was once the site of one of the busiest ports in this part of the country. Those that invest in Darien GA real estate can also bring their kids here to frolic on the playground in an area shaded by live oaks draped in Spanish moss and by cabbage palms.

The docks offer a mooring point for both pleasure and fishing boats. Many a photographer has been captivated by the scene of brightly colored shrimp boats proceeding in and out of the harbor. A recently completed boardwalk is lighted to enable night fishing. There's a boat launch and a waterfront restaurant.

Attractions and Activities

Owners of Darien real estate that want to learn a great deal about the early history of the area can journey to the Fort George Historic Site. There are "living history" events that include musket firings, artillery drills and even full battle reenactments.


The Blessing of the Fleet Festival has grown into a three-day-long event that launches the shrimping season every April. Live music, great food and carnival rides add to the festive ambiance of the event. At dusk, fireworks excite the young and old alike. The Blessing of the Fleet is held at Waterfront Park.

The prospective Darien home buyer will find an amazing range of Darien properties to consider. There are homes for sale in Darien that were built during the 19th century. At the same time, there are Darien homes for sale with water frontage and fabulous views. Some of these Darien properties feature over 5,000 sq-ft of living space. Young families interested in Darien, GA homes that are value-priced will find some homes for sale in Darien that are priced in the five-figure range.

The best way to efficiently sort through dozens of Darien homes is by working with an experienced Darien real estate agent. Ann Dempsey can show you the real estate in Darien that meets your unique and individual needs.
Ann Dempsey
Ann Dempsey
520 Ocean Blvd., St. Simons Island Saint Simons Island GA 31522