• 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.

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?

Fort Sumter as seen from the water.

Fort Sumter's island was constructed with a foundation of over 70,000 tons of granite and other rock. For over a decade contractors from as far away as New York and the Boston area delivered this material by ship and dumped it on a shoal in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC