Fort Moultrie National Historical Site


Fort Moultrie is the first fort on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina and is a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument. It is a series of historic fortifications and played a key role in several wars. Originally Fort Moultrie was called Fort Sullivan, later it was named after Colonel William Moultire. He was the commander of the 2nd South Carolina regiment and fought for a day-long battle with British ships. It was first built in 1776 and has been rebuilt several times since then. The fort features historical cannons, palmetto logs, museum exhibits and beautiful views of the Atlantic ocean. It is a great place to visit and learn about the 220 years of seacoast defense history from the American Revolution through World War II.

These photos are from our visit to Fort Moultrie National Historical Site on 14th March, 2023.

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Quick Facts and Tips

  • The park is located on Sullivan’s Island, approximately 11 miles drive from Charleston, South Carolina.
  • The fort is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • There is a big parking lot at the visitor center, which is located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island.
  • The admission fee is $10 for adults, free for children under 15. 
  • Entrance to the fort is just across the street, opposite to the visitor center.
  • Explore Fort Moultrie and enjoy the history, culture and nature around the fort. The fort also offers beautiful views of the Charleston harbor, the Atlantic ocean and Fort Sumter in the distance.
  • The fort’s visitor center has a museum, a theater and an observation deck. 
  • Fort’s museum showcases the history of the fort from the American revolution to World War II through the artifacts and exhibits.  
  • The 22 minute film is shown every half hour in the Visitor Center’s movie theater about the coastal defense system.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as there is a lot of walking and little shade. 
  • There are no food vendors on site, so bring water and snacks.
  • The restrooms, water fountains and a gift shop are available in the visitor center.
  • There are birding, fishing/crabbing, sightseeing and picnicking opportunities along the coast.
  • Nearby attractions