• 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 »

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?

The 33-star United States flag flown atop Fort Sumter during the opening bombardment of the Civil War in 1861, on exhibit at Fort Sumter

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