Honeymoon Recap: Fort Sumter in Charleston

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy last day of 2014! Wow has this year flown by. I'm still working on putting together a recap of my favorite posts of the year, but in the mean time I thought it would be a good idea to finish up the honeymoon recaps before the year was over. Especially since we will be leaving for our next vacation 1 week from today!

The last recap I wanted to share was our visit to Fort Sumter in Charleston. Rick is a history buff, especially when it comes to the military, and I just love to explore, so whenever we travel we love to check out a little bit of history of the city.

Fort Sumter, located in the Charleston Harbor, is a Third System masonry sea fort. It's best known for the first shots that started the American Civil War at the Battle of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861.

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The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center is located in Liberty Square and is where you go to board the ferry to visit Fort Sumter. They also have a little museum and gift shop where you can learn a little bit about Fort Sumter while you wait for the ferry.

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Fort Sumter is about a 30 minute ferry ride from the coast, and is completely surrounded by water. It was built as one of a series of fortifications on the southern US coast to protect the harbors. Construction began in 1829, following the War of 1812, and was still unfinished in 1861 when it came under attack.

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The tour is a self-guided tour, and you have 1 hour to visit the grounds.

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Rick and I were both just amazed at the destruction the attack caused to the structure. In the beginning the above picture had a covered structure like the picture above it, but due to the bombs, much of the structure was damaged.

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Here again you can see more damage to the overhead structure. And those black rings on the ground are the tracks that the cannons moved back and forth on.

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Of course we had to pose next to the cannons so you can see how large they are.

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In addition to the 50 star US flag, five replicas of historic flags also fly over Fort Sumter. These represent a timeline of Civil War flags at the fort from 1861 - 1865.

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This is one of the two ferries that will take you to visit Fort Sumter.

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This is what is left of the living quarters of the Fort.

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A plaque honoring the soldiers that defended Fort Sumter during the attack.

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On the way back it was fun to see the skyline of Charleston. A storm was starting to roll in so unfortunately the sky was really overcast and not as pretty as it could have been.

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On our ferry ride we got to see the USS Yorktown which is docked at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. This is the 10th aircraft carrier to serve in the US Navy. This ship, commissioned on April 15, 1943, was a key player in the Pacific offensive that defeated Japan in 1945.

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We hope you enjoyed our honeymoon recap, and you can see our other honeymoon recap posts here:

Virginia Beach
Colonial Williamsburg
Charleston Part 1
Charleston Part 2
Folly Beach

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  1. Great post!! I remember going to Fort Sumter when I was little but have not been since moving here!! We will definitely be there in the spring :)

  2. It looks like you had an incredible Honeymoon! Traveling to several different places makes it much more fun :)


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