Fort Moultrie


Fort Moultrie

The first Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island, constructed of palmetto logs and sand, was built in the 1770’s. This fort saved Charlestown from British occupation and was named in honor of its commander Colonel William Moultrie. Four years later, the British captured Charlestown and Fort Moultrie. 

In 1793, war broke out between Great Britain and France. The Congress, seeking to safeguard American shores, authorized a second Fort Moultrie to be built. This fort suffered from neglect and was later destroyed by a hurricane in 1804.

A third Fort Moultrie was built on Sullivan’s Island in 1809. From the time it was built until 1860, the fort changed very little. On April 12, 1861 the American Civil War began and Fort Moultrie was severely damaged during the war.

Once the war ended the fort was repaired and modernized but later became obsolete as nuclear weapons and guided missiles started being used. In 1960 the fort was decommissioned and became part of the National Park Service.

The fort has a visitors center that shows a short film and features a small museum detailing Moultrie's history. For a small fee, you can then tour the fort itself as five different sections of Moultrie are preserved to look as they did in five different historical eras. Fort Moultrie is not as popular as Fort Sumter so you will not have to deal with the large crowds. 



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Fort Moultrie Hours and Admission


Hours:
Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm
Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days

Admission:
Adults (16 and older) $7
Child (15 and younger) Free


Fort Moultrie Address and Map


Fort Moultrie
1214 Middle St
Sullivan's Island SC 29482
(843) 883-3123
Fort Moultrie Website




Current and Upcoming Events at Fort Moultrie


What: Osceola and Seminole Resistance
When: Sat. Oct. 12 and Sun. Oct. 13, 2019
Time: 11 am and 1 pm
Where: Fort Moultrie 
Admission: Paid Admission Required

Have you ever wondered why Osceola is buried at Fort Moultrie? How did this Seminole warrior end up as a prisoner of the US Army at a fort in Charleston Harbor?

Join a ranger to learn more about Osceola's significance in American history, his importance in the Second Seminole War, and the role slavery played in this conflict.

This event serves to provide a historical interpretation of Osceola' life while the theatrical production, Osceola's Muse, is performed on Sullivan's Island at Battery Gadsden.


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