Fort Sumter & Visitor Education Center

Exhibits at the Visitor Education Center focus on the growing sectionalism between the North and the South, and how the conflict at Fort Sumter began the Civil War. Learn about the battle, and see a model of how the fort appeared in 1860. This is also the primary departure point for groups wishing to visit the fort itself. Guided tours of Fort Sumter can be had on a number of topics, including Civil War cannons and artillery, and the historic flags present at the fort during the war. Visitors can also see Fort Moultrie, which was started in 1776 and modernized roughly 100 years later.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 340 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Charleston County. Tel: 843-883-3123. Website: www.nps.gov/fosu. Hrs: Daily 8:30AM-5PM.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 3-4 hours. Cost: Free.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Historic Site Lesson Plan

While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall or Washington D.C.’s National Mall, consider reasons for preserving them. They are historically significant and can be visited, toured, and admired. Students learn about the historical relevance of specific historical sites and the importance of preserving these sites.... Continue