• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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  • No Elevator Service at Fort Sumter

    The museum, restrooms, bookstore, and top level of Fort Sumter are only accessible by climbing stairs. For more information, visit the link below or please call (843) 883-3123. More »

For Kids

The park is kid-friendly. Both Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie have Junior Ranger programs. There are also lots of places for kids to explore and learn about American history.


National Park Service Flat Ranger

This programs allows children to explore National Parks from home. Use the links below to start you on your journey.

1. Pick a Flat Ranger

Flat Ranger Boy or Flat Ranger Girl

2. How to Start your Journey

3. Your Passport to Exploration

Flat Soldier Program

Flat Soldier allows children to explore different times of conflict in our history. These periods encompass the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Follow the links below to go exploring with the Flat Soldier of your choice.

American Revolution

War of 1812

Civil War

Did You Know?

The 33-star United States flag flown atop Fort Sumter during the opening bombardment of the Civil War in 1861, on exhibit at Fort Sumter

The first human death of the Civil War occurred on April 14, 1861, the day after the battle of Fort Sumter ended. Private Daniel Hough died when the cannon he was loading (for the Union's 100-gun salute to the U.S. flag) discharged prematurely. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC