• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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    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.

Sullivan's Island Lighthouse 50th Anniversary

Sullivan's Island Lighthouse under construction
Sullivan's Island Lighthouse under construction.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

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News Release Date: May 15, 2012
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 11

Join Fort Sumter National Monument as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse on Saturday, June 16, 2012. The special public event takes place from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Historic District at 1815 I'On Avenue on Sullivan's Island.

The grounds, quarters cupola and boathouse will be open to the public. The program begins at 2:00 p.m. with live music by Ward and Joel of Sol Driven Train. Lighthouse architect Jack Graham will join local officials for a short formal program at 3:00 p.m. Martha Graham and Helen Hammond will release their new children's book on the lighthouse, Standing Straight and Tall, The Charleston Light at Sullivan's Island and The Adventures of Scoops the Seagull. They will sign copies of their book, along with local authors Cindy Lee (History Press: A Tour of Historic Sullivan's Island) and Margie Clary and Kim McDermott (Arcadia Press: South Carolina Lighthouses). The books will be available for purchase on site.

Enjoy light refreshments and take home a commemorative poster designed by Amelia Millar. A special invitation is issued to anyone with interest in the U.S. Life-Saving Service or ties with the U.S. Coast Guard on Sullivan's Island. The afternoon event will include opportunities for the public to have input on park management alternatives for the Coast Guard district and the lighthouse. Because of serious health and safety concerns the lighthouse itself will not be open. All activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call the park at (843) 883-3123.

Did You Know?

32-pounder cannon, Model 1829, at Fort Moultrie

Fort Moultrie is the only unit of the National Park System where the entire 171-year history of American seacoast defense (1776-1947) can be traced. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC