Thursday, February 12, 2015

>> Fort Sumter National Monument, SC

To read about our first day in Charleston, check out this post on Boone Hall Plantation.
On our second day in Charleston, the rain continued but we made the best of it and got on a boat. Because nobody was going to rain on our parade! ..Or see stop us from visiting Fort Sumter. 
We enjoyed a pleasant 30-minute cruise to the island the fort was on and we had great views of the waterfront fog from the boat.
The Spirit of the Lowcounty. :)
Fort Sumter is best known for being the sea fort where the starting shots of American Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861. There were multiple battles at Sumter during the war, and by the end it was in ruins. The U.S. Army rebuilt the fort, and in 1898 they added the large black Battery Huger, which now serves as a museum and gift shop.





They had numerous cannons in the fort still. These ones were the biggest.. they were huge. Definitely the biggest I've ever seen!




We had a little over an hour at the fort, which was plenty of time to look around, read up on history, and enjoy the rain. ;) If you're a history buff, Fort Sumter should definitely be on your list when you visit Charleston! 

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