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Fort Moultrie National Monument
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Owner description: Federal headquarters for the National Park Service's historic properties located in Charleston and Fort Sumter.
Reviewed January 15, 2014

Rated 4 for most people, maybe a 5 for history buffs. I was staying on Sullivan's Island for a wedding in Charleston, and virtually stumbled upon this fort, as it was right down the street from where I stayed. Access is easy, parking is plentiful and free, and admission is a mere $3 ($5 per family, $1 for seniors). There are drinks and snacks available in the visitor center.

While Fort Sumter across the harbor gets all the publicity, this fort yields a far better visitor experience. Built to protect Charleston's harbor like Sumter, Moultrie was built in revolutionary times, about 50 years before construction began on Sumter. First built from palmetto logs, it evolved over time. It was abandoned for the stronger Fort Sumter in 1860, but has since been restored to reflect its history over the years.

The visitor center has nice exhibits that contain fine artifacts, and there is a short, informative film about the fort's history. As a bonus, there is an exhibit describing the role of Sullivan's Island in the early slave trade of this country.

Across the street from the visitor center, you can walk through the fort at your liesure (it is self-guided) and view various sections restored to reflect the fort's use over time, from the revolutionary times, through the civil war, and even its use during World Wars I & II as a coastal observation point. You can walk through powder rooms, see what the cannons and shells looked like, and walk on the ramparts where the large guns were mounted. From the ramparts, you can get a good view of the ocean, Fort Sumter and the Charleston harbor. The various sections are well marked, and there are arrows guiding you through the fort.

Outside the fort, you can walk a few hundred yards down a path to the shore, where there are more gun placements added after the civil war, and outstanding views of the harbor. For the time, money and historical content, this attraction is a far better value than Sumter. So, skip the lines and the cost of the ferry, and see this fort. You will be glad you did.

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Why is South Carlina called the Palmetto State? How have forts evolved over the years? Step back in time and imagine the cannon thundering during the Civil War. All this and more can be experienced at this National Monument.

The Good....
In the summer the are along Sullivan's Island is beautiful. The fort provides an anchor point for a trip there. With hundreds of years of history it is worth the price of admission. Bring your camera...its very scenic.
Great place to see a sunset.


The bad.
The movie is a bit old and needs to be updated.
the Gnats were horrible on a warm day....bring bug spray.

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Nice preservations from Revolutionary War through WWII era. Film in visitor center worth seeing first. Don't hurry through! Be sure to walk out to the dock in back and see Gen. Moultrie's grave. Coming back, use the observation deck on the roof of the visitor center. In the fort, be sure to go down to the command post beneath the WWII era observation tower. Again, take your time! When you are done, exit the parking lot to the left and immediately turn right on a small road that goes by a long line of short fortifications and cannon batteries.

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

I had visited Fort Sumter several years ago. This was a great complement to that, where for just $3 I was able to view a movie explaining the history of the fort and then walk through the fort grounds. There isn't a lot to see today, but it is interesting to envision how it must have operated during it's heydays.

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Reviewed December 18, 2013

Easy to get to!
Cheap entrance fee of $3.
Interesting museum and engaging introductory movie.
Well signed and maintained grounds.
Makes for a great half day trip from Charleston for the history buff in your family.
Highly recommend.

Thank Amanda B
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