Fort Moultrie, Charleston
Fort Moultrie's history covers 171 years of seacoast defense, including the first decisive victory in the American Revolution and firing onto Fort Sumter during the first battle of the Civil War. The third Fort Moultrie, built in 1809, stands today. By touring the fort, visitors can see how coastal defenses have evolved.
Originally this fort was built as a palmetto fort during the revolutionary war in 1779. This fort was abandoned when the British occupied Charleston in 1780. A permanent Fort was built in 1793 and this site was used and expanded on until after WWII when it was turned into a museum.
Not nearly as well known as Fort Sumter, but every bit as interesting is Fort Moultrie. The story of Fort Moultrie goes back even further than Fort Sumter and is much more varied. The first fort was erected during the American Revolution. Left in neglect after the war, it was resurrected in the 1790's to safeguard America's seacoast. It went through various periods of activity for the next 200 years. During the Civil War years, Fort Moultrie was held by the Confederates. In fact, most of the firing of Fort Sumter was done from recently captured Fort Moultrie.
Today, Fort Moultrie is an interesting place to explore. I like what the Park Service has done here. You travel back in time as you walk through the fort. Beginning with World War II, you learn about America's coast defense system down through history, all the way back to the original wooden fort from 1776. It's a very interesting trip.
Sullivan's Island is home to Fort Moultrie, and the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse. The beach area is mostly residential, but the island is worth visiting to see the old forts. The Sullivan's Island Lighthouse is controlled by the Coast Gaurd, and isn't open to the public, but you can get fairly close to it. It was built in 1962 to replace the Old Charleston Lighthouse. Fort Moultrie is open to the public.
Fort Multrie on Sullivan's Island
One of the forts that protected Charleston from invaders. This was extensively used in the Civil War and in World War II. The World War II exhibit was great here.