All park sites will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 28), Christmas Day (December 25), and New Year's Day (January 1). This includes Fort Sumter, the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, and Fort Moultrie.
Lighthouse Open House May 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?
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