• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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  • Accessibility Ramp at Fort Sumter Out of Service Friday, July 11

    The ramp will be out of service for maintenance starting the morning of Friday, July 11 for maintenance until at least 12:00 PM. Visitors with wheelchairs should plan on taking a later boat. For the latest information, call (843) 883-3123.

  • No Elevator Serivce at Fort Sumter

    Only the original parade ground level of Fort Sumter is accessible. Accommodations are made for disabled visitors traveling to Fort Sumter from Liberty Square. For more information, visit the link below or please call (843) 883-3123. More »

Fort Sumter Visitor Center Restrooms Close for Water System Replacement

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Date: October 30, 2013
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 11

The National Park Service will close the regular public restrooms in the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square starting on Monday, November 4, 2013 to replace the failing water pumping system. The work is expected to take three to four days. Two portable toilets will be available, including one accessible to disabled visitors. The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center is located at 340 Concord Street in Charleston, next to the South Carolina Aquarium.


Fort Sumter National Monument is administered by the National Park Service. Along with the fort in Charleston Harbor, the monument includes the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square in Charleston and Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. The park sites are open daily except for New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. For more information, call the park at (843) 883-3123. 

Did You Know?

Artist's rendition of the opening shot of the American Civil War with Fort Sumter in the distance.

The first shot of the American Civil War didn't hit anything. It was a 10-inch mortar shell, fired from Fort Johnson, that exploded above Fort Sumter as a signal for Confederate artillery to open fire on the Union-held fort. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC