• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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  • Headquarters & Fort Moultrie Visitor Center Phone Outage

    The telephone system at Park Headquarters and the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center will be down temporarily this morning. If you cannot get through on our main number, please call the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at (843) 577-0242.

  • 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 »

Laws & Policies

Fort Sumter National Monument was established to preserve and commemorate historical events at or near Fort Sumter. The site was so designated because of its history as a part of our nation's seacoast defense. Fort Sumter is rich in cultural and archaeological history, therefore, the National Park Service must be constantly aware of existing threats to the resource by those who would not respect its preservation ideals. The Service's mandate requires that it carefully plan and regulate the use of the park so that the park's resources are perpetuated and maintained unimpaired for future generations. Thus, the limits and kinds of use are circumscribed by requirements of resource management and protection. Please review Fort Sumter National Monument's park regulations for details.

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Did You Know?

A portion of the 33-star United States flag, also known as the Fort Sumter garrison flag

On April 14, 1865, Maj. Gen. Robert Anderson came out of retirement to re-raise the same U.S. flag over Fort Sumter that he had lowered in surrender four years earlier. This flag is now on exhibit at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC