• 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.

Did You Know?

Fort Sumter as seen from the water.

Fort Sumter's island was constructed with a foundation of over 70,000 tons of granite and other rock. For over a decade contractors from as far away as New York and the Boston area delivered this material by ship and dumped it on a shoal in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC