Fort Sumter National Monument


There’s an eerie calmness at Fort Sumter, the same place that was shaken by explosions, setting in motion the American Civil War. In the early hours of April 12, 1861, the fort came under Confederate attack and surrendered 34 hours later. It was left a smoldering heap of ruins in Charleston Harbor. Over time, the fort was rebuilt and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, standing testament to the struggles of the past.

View Fort Sumter from the Battery, then take a narrated ferry ride to the site, where rangers talk about the fort’s history. Vessels operated by Fort Sumter Tours (843/722-2628, depart several times daily from Liberty Square, near the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. Trips last just over two hours.


Liberty Sq.
340 Concord St.
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina 29401


32.79015000, -79.92696000
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(843) 883-3123

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