Superintendent John Tucker announced today that Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site will be closed for the Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day holidays this year.
Fort Sumter National Monument includes historic Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square in downtown Charleston, and Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is located on Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant.
These three days are the only three of the year that our sites are closed to the public on a regular basis, said Superintendent Tucker. In the past our visitation on these days has been very low. Closing on the holidays not only allows staff members to spend time with their families but also saves the Park Service from paying holiday rates for those who would have worked those days. That money can be used for other purposes such as for historic preservation projects.
Fort Sumter is open daily with ferry tours departing at various times based on the time of year. The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fort Moultrie and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site are open from 9:00 to 5:00 daily. For more information, call 843-883-3123.