• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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    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 »

  • No Water or Restrooms at Fort Sumter

    Due to a break in the Charleston water line supplying Fort Sumter, restrooms and drinking water are not available at the fort. Please bring drinking water with you if you plan to visit. Water and restrooms are available aboard the ferries.

February 2013 Lighthouse Open House

Sullivan's Island Lighthouse and historic garage with visitors in the foreground
Carlin Timmons

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News Release Date: January 24, 2013
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 11

Join Fort Sumter National Monument as we open the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Historic District on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The special community public event takes place from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at 1815 I'On Avenue on Sullivan's Island.

The Historic District includes buildings dating back to 1894 when the U.S. Life-Saving Service protected seafarers from dangers along the nation's coastlines. In 1915 the Life-Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service were combined to form the U.S. Coast Guard Service. Commissioned on June 15, 1962 the Sullivan's Island lighthouse was the last major lighthouse to be built in the United States. It replaced the original Charleston harbor light on Morris Island, which was built in 1876. The National Park Service protects and preserves the historic district.

The grounds, historic quarters cupola and boathouse will be open to the public. Because of serious health and safety concerns the lighthouse itself will not be open. Enjoy light refreshments and take home a 50th Anniversary poster designed by Amelia Millar. All activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call the park at (843) 883-3123.

Did You Know?

The 33-star United States flag flown atop Fort Sumter during the opening bombardment of the Civil War in 1861, on exhibit at Fort Sumter

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