• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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Lighthouse Open House November 2009

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Date: October 20, 2009
Contact: Carlin Timmons, (843) 881-5516

A three-sided black-and-white lighthouse.
The Sullivan's Island Lighthouse.
NPS photo by Carlin Timmons.

Join the National Park Service for an open house on Sunday afternoon, November 8, 2009.  The event takes place from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on the grounds of the US 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 on June 15, 1962 as the last major lighthouse to be built in the United States, the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse replaced the original Charleston harbor light (otherwise known as 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 5:00 p.m.  Because of safety concerns, only the base of the lighthouse will be open to the public.  The non-profit Save the Light organization will report on the progress of preserving the Morris Island Lighthouse.  Artists with Creative Sparks' Art on the Beach will display their work in the historic boat house.  All activities are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the park at (843) 883-3123.

Did You Know?

South Carolina state flag

The palmetto tree has been a symbol of South Carolina since June 28, 1776 because the first Fort Moultrie was built of palmetto logs. The battle of Sullivan's Island was the Revolutionary War's first decisive victory of American forces over the British Navy. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC