Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center
(340 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401)
Located at Liberty Square, the museum exhibits tell the story of growing sectionalism and strife between the North and the South, and how these problems ultimately erupted at Fort Sumter, beginning the Civil War. This site is also the primary departure point for tour boats heading to Fort Sumter.
(Accessible by Boat Only)
The Fort Sumter museum exhibits tell the story of the construction of the fort and island, the events leading to the April 12-13, 1861 battle, and the subsequent bombardment and reduction of Fort Sumter by artillery later in the war. The exhibits bring the history of the fort up to modern times. A small bookstore offers interpretive items relating to Fort Sumter's history. The rest of the site is primarily outdoors.
Fort Moultrie Visitor Center
(1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482)
Museum exhibits at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center, trace the story of American seacoast defenses from 1776-1947. A 22-minute orientation film is offered on the hour and half-hour from 9:00 a.m. with the last film starting at 4:30 p.m. A bookstore offers interpretive items relating to Fort Moultrie's history. The rest of the site is primarily outdoors.
Did You Know?
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