• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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Lighthouse Open House May 2010

Black & white three-sided lighthouse.
Carlin Timmons

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News Release Date: April 22, 2010

Join the National Park Service for an open house on Saturday, May 1, 2010. The event takes place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Historic District at 1815 I’On Avenue on Sullivan’s Island.

The Historic District represents the evolution of events important in United States maritime history from 1895 to 1962. Commissioned in 1962 as the last major lighthouse to be built in the United States, the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse replaced the Morris Island Lighthouse, which was built in 1876.

The grounds, quarters cupola and boat house will be open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Because of safety concerns, only the lower section of the lighthouse will be open to the public. Authors Margie Willis Clary and Kim McDermott will sign copies of their book, South Carolina Lighthouses. The Arcadia book will be available for purchase. All activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call the park at (843) 883-3123.

Did You Know?

42-pounder cannon, Model 1845, at Fort Sumter

The first Union shot of the Civil War was fired by Captain Abner Doubleday. He was the second senior officer at Fort Sumter, under Major Robert Anderson. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC