• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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?

Artist's rendition of the opening shot of the American Civil War with Fort Sumter in the distance.

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