• 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.

No Fort Sumter Ferry from Patriots Point January 22-27

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Date: January 20, 2012
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 11

There will be no Fort Sumter ferries departing from Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant from January 22-27, 2012 due to dredging operations at Patriots Point.

The regularly scheduled ferry departing from the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at 340 Concord Street in Charleston will be operating as usual during this period. Departures are scheduled daily at 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM. Visitors should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure in order to park, purchase tickets and board the ferry.

For more information please contact the ferry boat concessioner, Fort Sumter Tours, Inc. at (843) 722-BOAT or online at http://www.fortsumtertours.com/.

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