Fort Sumter National Monument

Charleston, South Carolina

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Feb 29 ~ Mar 6
In Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter National Monument features a small island which is now home to the national park. The site has rich history, with its origins dating back to the 1800s.

Fort Sumter National Monument Visitors Guide

Fort Sumter National Monument is a must-see for history buffs and families. You'll find a wealth of history and educational options at Fort Sumter National Monument, which was originally used to defend Charleston harbor and is now managed by the National Park Service. Start your experience at Fort Sumter with a 30-minute ferry ride.

On the way, you'll learn about the first encounter between the Confederate armies and the Union in 1861, which resulted in the Union forces surrendering after a 34-hour attack by the Rebels. You'll also enjoy learning about the fort’s history and remains, as well as its April 1861 events that led to the start of the Civil War. You can also explore the fort on your own.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is Fort Sumter National Monument so important?

Fort Sumter National Monument is a historic site and the location of the first engagement of the Civil War.

2. Can I bring my pet?

Pets are not permitted at Fort Sumter due to the high volume of visitors.

3. What are attractions are nearby?

The nearby attractions include Charleston Museum, South Carolina Aquarium, Boone Hall Plantation, and South Carolina Parks.

4. Can I bring food?

Guests are encouraged to bring water and snacks.

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