Charleston Sights

Fort Sumter National Monument

  • Military Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/23/2015

Fodor's Review

Set on a man-made island in Charleston's harbor, this is the hallowed spot where the Civil War began. On April 12, 1861, the first shot of the war was fired at the fort from Fort Johnson across the way. After a 34-hour battle, Union forces surrendered and Confederate troops occupied Fort Sumter, which became a symbol of Southern resistance. The Confederacy managed to hold it, despite almost continual bombardment from August 1863 to February of 1865. When it was finally evacuated, the fort was a heap of rubble. Today, the National Park Service oversees it, and rangers give interpretive talks.

To reach the fort, take a private boat or one of the ferries that depart from downtown's Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center and from Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. There are six trips daily between mid-March and mid-August, fewer the rest of the year.

Sight Information

Address:

South Carolina, United States

Phone:

843-883–3123

Website: www.nps.gov/fosu

Sight Details:

  • Fort free; ferry $18
  • Mid-Mar.–early Sept., daily 10–5:30; early Sept.–Nov. and early Mar., daily 10–4; Dec.–Feb. daily 11:30–4

Published 07/23/2015

Advertisement

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Charleston

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE email communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.