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Fort Moultrie Visitor Center to Close For Upgrade

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Date: May 17, 2005
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 41

Beginning on Monday, June 6th, the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center will be closed to the public to allow for the installation of a dramatic exhibit lighting system. 

“Now that the exhibits are installed," said superintendent John Tucker, "we wanted to light them properly to provide the visitor with a ‘wow’ effect as they enter the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center.”  

The facility will be painted and the carpet replaced as well. The work is scheduled to conclude on Friday, June 10th, and the visitor center will reopen on Saturday, June 11th. The entrance fee to Fort Moultrie will be waived while the visitor center remains closed.

At Fort Moultrie, the National Park Service tells the story of 171 years of American seacoast defenses. First built in 1776, the palmetto-log-and-sand fort under the command of Colonel William Moultrie successfully repelled an invasion of Charleston by the British Navy on June 28, 1776. The current fort, constructed in 1809, was used for coastal defense through World War II. It was deactivated in 1947 and became part of the National Park System in 1960. Today sections of Fort Moultrie have been restored to represent a timeline of defense systems from 1809-1947. Exhibits tell the story of the first two forts.

Administered as a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument, Fort Moultrie is located at 1214 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. The site is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. There is normally an entrance fee of $3.00 for adults, $1.00 for seniors, or $5.00 for families.

Did You Know?

Composite photos of Maj. Anderson (left) and Gen. Beauregard (right)

Union Maj. Robert Anderson, commanding Fort Sumter, and Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, commanding Charleston's forces during the first battle of the Civil War, knew each other since the 1830s. Anderson was Beauregard's artillery instructor at West Point. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC