Monuments Of The Past. Memories For The Future.Stand on the site of the first shot in the Civil War and watch history come alive in front of your eyes. Learn about how different wars throughout Charleston's history helped shape it into the world-class city it is today.
Colonial Dorchester State Historic SiteSu-M 9am-6pm. Dorchester was settled in 1696 by a small group of Congregationalists on a high bluff on the east bank of the Ashley River. Today, the ruins of Fort Dorchester, old St. George’s Church, and interesting archaeological excavations mark the site of Dorchester.
Fort MoultrieThe Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm, closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The first decisive patriot victory over the British Navy on June 28, 1776 at a palmetto log fort on the shores of Charleston Harbor galvanized the patriot’s cause for independence. The National Park Service interprets 171 years of American seacoast defenses from 1776 to 1947. The Visitor Center houses exhibits on Fort Moultrie’s history and a 20-minute orientation film. Adults $3; Seniors (62+) $1; Children (16 and under) free; Families $5.
Fort Sumter National MonumentOpen daily except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours vary according to the season. Concessionaire ferries depart from Liberty Square in Charleston and from Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant. America’s most tragic conflict ignited at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, when a chain reaction of social, economic and political events exploded into civil war. A powerful symbol to both the South and the North, Fort Sumter remains a memorial to all who fought to hold it. The fort may be visited by private boat or by ferry boat. Correspondences should be sent to park headquarters at 1214 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482.
Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty SquareThe Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm, and admission is free. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. This state-of-the-art facility is the primary departure point for visitors to Fort Sumter, serving as an interpretive education center for the National Park Service to communicate the significance of Fort Sumter and its history. Exhibits provide an overview of events leading up to the Civil War.