• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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  • Headquarters & Fort Moultrie Visitor Center Phone Outage

    The telephone system at Park Headquarters and the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center will be down temporarily this morning. If you cannot get through on our main number, please call the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at (843) 577-0242.

  • No Elevator Service 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 »

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?

A portion of the 33-star United States flag, also known as the Fort Sumter garrison flag

On April 14, 1865, Maj. Gen. Robert Anderson came out of retirement to re-raise the same U.S. flag over Fort Sumter that he had lowered in surrender four years earlier. This flag is now on exhibit at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC