National Park Service, South Carolina.
Charleston played a significant role in the American Revolution. Charleston's appetite for revolution continued in the 1800s as the city blazed a path to secession to safeguard slavery. The Confederacy fired on the US garrison of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, opening the Civil War, which redefined American freedom.
Fort Moultrie is closed. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreation visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVIC-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Fort Sumter is open. Tickets for Fort Sumter can only be obtained through our park concessioner, Fort Sumter Tours. For more information go to www.fortsumtertours.com.
Fort Sumter is accessible only by ferry boat. Boats depart at scheduled times from two locations. The primary departure point is the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, 340 Concord Street, Charleston. Boats also depart from Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Boulevard, Mount Pleasant. There is a fee for riding the concession-operated ferry. Fort Moultrie and park headquarters is accessible by car. The address is 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island. A park entrance fee is charged for the park.