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Fort Sumter National Monument commemorates defining moments in American history. Starting with stories of construction of the fort and island, museum exhibits at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center and exhibits throughout the fort bring the history of Fort Sumter up to modern times.

Learn interesting facts about one of the nation's oldest forts still standing today. Around the fort visitors will find plaques giving insights into Civil War era daily life at the fort to statistics about the impact of the war on the fort and the Charleston Harbor surrounding it.

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Fort Sumter Charleston SC is a main attraction that offers various things to do including outdoor and indoor activities. The fort is a unique South Carolina attraction because it is located on an island in Charleston harbor and can only be reached by boat! Upon arrival by ferry, visitors have the chance to listen to a ten minute ranger talk before exploring the fort on a self guided tour! 

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Fort Sumter is the South Carolina fort on which shots were fired to initiate the start of the American Civil War. 
Originally, Fort Sumter was part of a series of fortifications built following the War of 1812 on the 
Southern US Coast. 

Today, the Fort is one of the biggest attractions in Charleston, South Carolina. Fort Sumter National Monument is comprised of three Charleston sites including the original Fort Sumter, the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, and Fort Moultrie. To reach Fort Sumter, visitors must use a private boat or take a 30 minute ferry ride from Patriots Point or the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. Upon arrival by ferry, visitors are welcome to listen to a ten minute ranger history talk before they begin their very own self guided tour. Visitors may also choose to bypass the ranger talk and immediately head off to explore Fort Sumter on their own. Fort Sumter encourages kids to pick up a program from the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square or once they arrive via boat or ferry. After kids complete the program, they can review it with a ranger to receive a Fort Sumter Junior Ranger badge! Fort Sumter is also a great location for scenic viewing and bird watching!

The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center offers museum exhibits that explain the construction of the fort and the island. Exhibits also inform visitors of the growing sectionalism between the North and South and the problematic events that eventually erupted into the start of the Civil War at Fort Sumter.
Plan a trip to Fort Sumter for your chance to take a step back in time and learn about these important moments in US History. Click here for additional information about directions to Fort Sumter and fees.
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 The five sided brick structure was built on 70,000 tons of granite that had been imported over a ten year time span from places as far away as the New England area. The structure itself was still not complete when the first shots of the American Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861. After 34 hours, the Union surrendered. After the war came to an end, Fort Sumter was in complete ruins. The US Army put a lot of hard work into restoring the fort so that it could once again be a useful military installation. Damaged walls had to be leveled out again to a lower height. 
Many of the walls had to be partially rebuilt to reach safe conditions. Although the start of the Spanish-American War inspired renewed interest in the fort, it never saw combat again.
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