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    Fort Sumter

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National Lighthouse Day 2011

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Date: July 20, 2011
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 11

Sullivan's Island Lighthouse
The Sullivan's Island Light
NPS Photo by Carlin Timmons
Join Fort Sumter National Monument as we celebrate National Lighthouse Day at the Sullivan’s Island Light on Sunday, August 7, 2011. A free open house special event takes place from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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. Designed by architect Jack Graham and 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.

It was on August 7, 1789 that Congress passed an act for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers. In honor of the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the first federal lighthouse, Congress designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day. This recognition has encouraged communities and citizens groups to dedicate themselves to the preservation of these historic structures. As part of the anniversary, lighthouses, where feasible, were open to the public.

“It is in the spirit of public access that park staff and volunteers invite the public to explore the grounds of the US Coast Guard Historic District,” said Superintendent Timothy Stone.

The grounds, quarters cupola and boat house will be open to the public from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, August 7th. Because of safety concerns, only the base of the lighthouse will be open to the public. All activities are free. For more information, call (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