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Fort Sumter National Monument   

courtesy of the National Park Service

Contact Information:
Fort Sumter National Monument 
1214 Middle Street
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

Size: 200 acres

Location: Fort Sumter National Monument is located in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, accessible only by boat. It includes historic Fort Sumter located in Charleston Harbor, the Liberty Square Visitor Education Center in Charleston at 340 Concord Street, and Fort Moultrie, located on Sullivan's Island. You may either use the park concession ferry or your private boat to reach Fort Sumter. All other sites are accessible via automobile. The concession tour boats leave from the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center in downtown Charleston (the primary ferry departure facility for visiting the fort) and Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. 

Description: The first engagement of the Civil War took place here on April 12, 1861. The park also embraces Fort Moultrie, scene of the patriot victory of June 28, 1776 -- one of the early defeats of the British in the Revolutionary War. Together the forts reflect 171 years of seacoast defense.


Fort Sumter National Monument 
courtesy of the National Park Service

Activities: The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center is located in Liberty Square, a quiet, park-like setting at the eastern end of Calhoun Street on the Cooper River and adjacent to the South Carolina Aquarium. Before your boat ride to the fort, take time in the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center to explore the interpretive exhibits. National Park Service rangers will answer questions and help you achieve a better understanding of the causes of the Civil War, why it began at Fort Sumter and what happened during the war. Recreational activities are limited within the park because of its small size. 

Operating Hours: Open Daily (except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). 

Fort Moultrie: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Liberty Square Visitor Education Center: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fort Sumter: (March 1-March 30) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; (April 1-Labor Day) 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; (Day after Labor Day-November 30) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; (December 1-February 28, except week of Christmas) 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; (December 26-December 31) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

History: Authorized on April 28, 1948; accepted by the U.S. Department of the Interior from the Department of the Army on July 12, 1948. 

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