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Charleston Attractions - Historic Forts and Monuments

  • Fort Sumter National Monument - Fort Sumter is an island fort where the Civil War began. After decades of conflict between the North & the South, Confederate armaments opened fire on this Federal fort on April 12, 1861. Thirty-four hours later, the Union forces surrendered & would spend the next four years trying to retake it. There are departures on ferry & private boats year-round to visit Fort Sumter except for New Years, Thanksgiving & Christmas days.
    Fort Sumter Tours & Spiritline Cruises
    180 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 722-1691

  • Friends of the Hunley - one of the most unique artifacts of the Civil War. On February 17, 1864, the Hunley left on its mission to be the first successful submarine attack in history. The H.L. Hunley struck the USS Housatonic (a Union Navy ship just outside of Charleston's harbor about 4 miles off of Sullivan's Island) below the waterline, thrusting her long metal spar into the stern area of the Housatonic. The Housatonic exploded & consequently sank. The Hunley disappeared for 137 years & was recovered on August 8, 2000. She was found buried in the Atlantic Ocean, just outside of Charleston Harbor. The Hunley, in her entirety, can be viewed at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston.
    1250 Supply St, North Charleston, SC 29405
    (843) 722-2333

  • Fort Moultrie - the first fort was built of palmetto logs, inspiring the flag & nickname of "The Palmetto State" for South Carolina.
    1214 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
    (843) 883-3123

  • Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum / USS Yorktown - Patriots Point is located in Mt. Pleasant, along the Charleston Harbor waterfront, & is the home of the USS Yorktown CV-10 Aircraft Carrier. The USS Yorktown was commissioned in 1943 & heavily participated in the Pacific Offensive beginning in late 1943, ending with the victory over Japan in 1945. She earned 11 battle stars in all for her service in World War II! The Yorktown was decommissioned in 1970 & later placed at Patriots Point as the showpiece of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.
    40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
    (843) 884-2727

  • Powder Magazine - the Powder Magazine was the military storage building for loose gun powder built in 1713 & was part of the original English walled city of Charles Town. The walls were built 3 feet thick to prevent fire to surrounding areas in case of any type of explosion in the powder magazine. Charles Town was fortified during this period of its history by 4 military outposts in each corner of the walled city with 84 cannons along the waterfront (The Battery) to protect the city from the Spanish, the French, pirates and the Indians.
    79 Cumberland St, Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 722-9350

 



   
 











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