• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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  • No Elevator Serivce at Fort Sumter

    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.

May 2011 Sullivan's Island Lighthouse Open House

Sullivan's Island Lighthouse
NPS Photo by Carlin Timmons

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News Release Date: May 2, 2011
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 11

Join the National Park Service for an open house on Saturday afternoon, May 14, 2011. 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 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 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 portion of the lighthouse will be open to the public. All activities at the lighthouse are free. 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