Fort Sumter Elevators Out Of Service
The elevators at Fort Sumter are out of service until further notice. Disabled visitors departing from Liberty Square will have access to restrooms on board the ferry boat while at Fort Sumter. For more information, please call (843) 883-3123.
Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides
The Fort Sumter Teacher’s Guide is designed as an informative tool for South Carolina educators. The National Park Service values education and strives to help students and teachers learn the unique history of special places.
National Park Service staff and volunteers developed this guide that connects the state curriculum standards to the NPS sites in the Charleston area. These sites include Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.
We encourage you to apply any of the material found in the guide to plan visits or enrich and augment the materials you present to your students in the classroom.
Lesson Plans & Activities
Fort Sumter National Monument gives you a wonderful opportunity to have your students experience the power of visiting the place where the Civil War began. The lesson plans below are designed to engage and prepare students for their trip to the historic fort. There are additional resources and information available throughout this website that will make your trip to Fort Sumter enjoyable and educational. We encourage you to use the activities listed, as they were designed to meet the state of South Carolina Social Studies curriculum standards and the National Council for the Social Studies national curriculum standards.
Did You Know?
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