• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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  • 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 »

Things To Know Before You Come

You cannot get to Fort Sumter from Fort Moultrie
1214 Middle Street is the park's mailing address on Sullivan's Island.
Fort Sumter is only accessible by a concessioner-operated tour boat or private boat. For driving directions to all of our other sites, please see the Directions page.


For Your Safety
History Can Hurt: Many parts of our forts are fragile and so are you! Please keep yourself and the forts from being injured during for visit by reviewing the safety information section of our website.

Where To Eat
The Charleston area offers some of the greatest food options in the country including seafood and gullah cuisine. Learn more in our Where To Eat section.

Pets are welcome in outdoor areas of the parks while on leash. Pets are not allowed inside the historic forts or visitor centers. Service animals are welcome in all Fort Sumter National Monument public facilities and resources. Learn more in our Pets section.

Did You Know?

42-pounder cannon, Model 1845, at Fort Sumter

The first Union shot of the Civil War was fired by Captain Abner Doubleday. He was the second senior officer at Fort Sumter, under Major Robert Anderson. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC