fort moultrie is an interesting and historic significant place to visit on sullivans island. fort moultrie was originally built during the revolutionary war and was named after it's commander, william moultrie. on june 28 1776 a british fleet tried to attack charleston. after a nine hour battle the canons of ft. moultrie repelled the british and saved charleston from occupation. after the revolution the fort was neglected and by 1791 little of it remained. fort moultrie was rebult in 1798 but it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1804. in 1809 a stronger brick fort was completed. the famous writter and poet, edgar allen poe was stationed at fort moultrie in 1827. in december of 1860 south carolina seceded from the union and the federal troops abandoned fort moultrie for fort sumter. on april 12 1861 confederate troops shelled the garrison at fort sumter which began the civil war. after the civil war fort moultrie was modernized during WWI and WWII.
We finally visited this fort in 2004 (photo 4). Up to then I'd only seen it from the water. The National Park Service website says that you can tour the fort using the self-guided brochure. And you can.
There is a little museum across the road from the actual fort, and you can take a photo of the fort from there (photo 5)
Interpretive signs are posted throughout the fort (photos 2 and 3). By using these signs and the park brochure, visitors guide themselves through the fort traveling back in time from World War II to the American Revolution. Ranger programs are given at various times."
The only problem with the NPS presentation is that I don't think that they made enough of the Revolutionary War victory that occurred here.
Operating Hours & Seasons
Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Seniors (62 and over): $1.00 Adults (16 and over): $2.00 Children: $1.00 Family: $5.00 Annual Pass: $20.00
osceola was the chief of the seminole indians during the second seminole war. after the first seminole war the seminoles were pushed into the everglades at the southern tip of florida. for a number of years the seminoles raided white settlements in southern and central florida. in order to put a stop to these raids the federal government sent t.s. jesup and 8.000 troops into florida. chief osceola was captured and was imprisoned in the castillo de san marco's in st. augustine. later osceola was transfered to ft. moultie on sullivans island were he died in 1838. osceola was buried with full military honors.
Make sure you have your camera and plenty of batteries here, lots of wildlife, landscapes and dunes to photograph. there is so much to explore here, I really tried not to go to crazy this time I only took about 250 shots, normally would have been more like 1000, so there is marked improvement here! Have fun and take photos to share with us!
Go check out The New Charleston Lighthouse, this is the only one of it's kind in the USA. It was built in 1962 and will most likely be the last traditional lighthouse built in th United States. It stands 162 feet tall and is the only lighthouse that has an elevator and has been fitted with a the most powerful 28 million candlepower lens in the Western Hemisphere and can be seen up to 26 miles out to sea. This has got to be the strangest looking lighthouse I have come across, it looks kind of like an airport control tower. The lighthouse on Sullivan's Island was built to replace the Old Charleston Lighthouse that is no longer in service, the island that it stands on has completely eroded away from the foundation and now stands about 1/4 mile out to sea.