Fort Moultrie

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Fort Moultrie
South Carolina’s state flag is among the country’s most iconic, with its imagery of a white Palmetto tree against a striking blue background. The tree’s significance to the state dates back to Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, a key defensive position in controlling Charleston Harbor. In June 1776, during the Revolutionary War, the Royal Navy of Britain attacked the fort, then called Fort Sullivan. The walls, built from the soft trunks of the island’s palmetto trees, absorbed the cannonballs rather than breaking them, and Col. William Moultrie and his patriot regiment were able to hold off the British. The fort was renamed for Moultrie and was rebuilt in 1798. The current fort was “modernized” in 1870, including the addition of massive cannons that exist at the site today. Visitors can experience each era of the Fort through the National Park Service’s museum, before touring the armaments and taking in the unparalleled view of the Atlantic Ocean and Charleston Harbor from the far eastern tip of the island.
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1214 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA
+1 843-883-3123
Sun - Sat 9am - 5pm