• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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Holiday Closures 2005

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Date: November 14, 2005
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 41

Superintendent John Tucker announced today that Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site will be closed for the Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day holidays this year.

Fort Sumter National Monument includes historic Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square in downtown Charleston, and Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is located on Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant.

“These three days are the only three of the year that our sites are closed to the public on a regular basis,” said Superintendent Tucker. “In the past our visitation on these days has been very low. Closing on the holidays not only allows staff members to spend time with their families but also saves the Park Service from paying holiday rates for those who would have worked those days. That money can be used for other purposes such as for historic preservation projects.”

Fort Sumter is open daily with ferry tours departing at various times based on the time of year. The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fort Moultrie and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site are open from 9:00 to 5:00 daily. For more information, call 843-883-3123.

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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