Fort Sumter

While your student group is in Charleston, you should consider visiting Fort Sumter. The famous battle took place on April 12, 1861. The Confederate artillery opened fire on this federal fort. The battle marked the beginning of the Civil War between the North and South. At the location, the pupils will have the opportunity to participate in both indoor and outdoor activities. The fort is a notable historic site and is also a national monument. The Union forces surrendered 34 hours after the battle began.

When you first arrive, your group should stop by the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. The pupils will have the opportunity to see interesting exhibits in the museum. The exhibits focus on topics such as the construction of the fort and island, the events leading up to the April 12-13, 1861 battle, and the subsequent bombardment of Fort Sumter by artillery later in the war. The team will learn about the history of the fort up to modern times. The museum also has a book store for group members to explore.

In the course of the visit to the fort, the pupils will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. The team can watch the traffic of the harbor from the Visitor Education Center. It is located on the banks of the Cooper River. Group members can also enjoy watching the birds and take in the breathtaking views of the area. Your group will also find wayside exhibits. These exhibits interpret the historic resources that are found throughout the site and the sites visible from the observation level.