Historic Forts of Charleston, SC

Fort Sumter National Monument

At one of the most significant historic forts in American history, the first shots of the Civil War were heard. You'll find this prominent location in the middle of the Charleston Harbor at Fort Sumter.

Visit the forts of Charleston, SC to learn the history and hear the stories that are told within their walls and at their visitor centers.


Historic Forts of Charleston, SC:

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Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site
Settled in 1695 with the Fort built c. 1757, the ruins of this small town are protected by the boundaries of a state park. Archaeologists work to uncover the story of Colonial Dorchester.

20 mi. NW Charleston, off Hwy. 642
Summerville , SC 29485
843-873-1740

Su-M 9am-6pm


Fort Moultrie
A palmetto log fort on the Charleston Harbor, Fort Moultrie is the site of the first American victory over the British Navy on June 28, 1776.

1214 Middle St
Sullivans Island , SC 29482
843-883-3123

Visitor Center open daily 9:00am to 5:00pm except New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Adults $3, Seniors (62+) $1, Children 16 and under free, Families $5.


Fort Sumter National Monument
The site where the Civil War began on April 12, 1861. This National Memorial sits in the middle of Charleston Harbor and can be visited by ferry or private boat. Tours leave from either Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant or the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square Downtown.

Open daily except New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Hours vary by season.

Fort Sumter Ferry Tours
360 Concord Street. Ste. 201
Charleston, SC 29401
843-881-7337

Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square
340 Concord St.
Charleston, SC 29401
843-883-3123

Open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm except New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Admission is free.


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