• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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    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 »

Sunset Tour of Fort Sumter

The sun sets behind a 12-pounder Mountain Howitzer at Fort Sumter.
2012 Sunset at Fort Sumter National Monument
(Photo:NPS/Everitt)
 

See Fort Sumter like you've never seen it before as the sun sets over Charleston Harbor. This new guided experience of Fort Sumter starts March 21, 2014, and will available every Friday evening from March through October (except July 4th, the sunset tour will be Thursday July 3rd that week). The Sunset Tour of Fort Sumter departs Liberty Square at 5:15 p.m. Visitors will enjoy one hour at Fort Sumter and an extended cruise back to downtown Charleston all while the sunsets over the city. A National Park Ranger will accompany visitors from Liberty Square through the fort and back to the peninsula. For more information visit Fort Sumter Tours or to make reservations online click here.

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