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Fort Moultrie National Monument- Fort Moultrie is located in the Low country of coastal South Carolina, near Charleston. Fort Moultrie's history covers 171 years of seacoast defense, including the first decisive victory in the American Revolution and firing onto Fort Sumter during the first battle of the Civil War.
Fort Sumter National Monument- The first engagement of the Civil War took place here on April 12, 1861. The park also embraces Fort Moultrie, scene of the patriot victory of June 28, 1776 - one of the early defeats of the British in the Revolutionary War. Together the forts reflect 171 years of seacoast defense.

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Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Description - The historic site was established to interpret Charles Pinckney's role in the development of the United States Constitution, his plantation, Snee Farm, and the transition of the United States from a group of colonies to a young nation. Interpretive exhibits in a house built circa 1828, but which is not Pinckney related, highlight these areas as well as the influences of African-Americans in the development of Snee Farm and archeology as a means to uncover the history of the site.

The visitor center is located in a house built circa 1828, after the Pinckney era. This well-preserved structure is a rare example of a once-common low country cottage. Exhibits interpret Charles Pinckney, a "Founding Father" who shaped the United States Constitution, his family, his political offices, his impact on the Constitution, the impact and influence of slavery in the low-country and some of the archeological discoveries made on-site.

Twenty-eight acres of a the once-proud 715 acre plantation are preserved in the park. In its open spaces are exhibits describing the existing house, archeological excavations, agricultural history and how neighboring water and wetlands contributed to the plantation.

Recreation - This site allows the visitor to enjoy the grounds, and by imagination, see a slice of the rural, agricultural south, from the Revolutionary Era up to modern times. Inside the visitor center, learn about Charles Pinckney, the plantation, slave influence on southern life and the importance of archeology.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - The site is six miles north of Charleston on US Highway 17. Turn left on Long Point Road and travel one-half mile. The entrance is on the left. If traveling on I-526, exit at Long Point Road, turn left at the light and travel three miles. The entrance is on the right. Either way, the route is well marked.


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Contact Information:
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, 1214 Middle Street , Sullivan's Island, SC, 29462-9748, Phone: 803-881-5516

Additional Information:
Fort Sumter National Monument - The first engagement of the Civil War took place here on April 12, 1861. The park also embraces Fort Moultrie, scene of the patriot victory of June 28, 1776 - one of the early defeats of the British in the Revolutionary War. Together the forts reflect 171 years of seacoast defense.
Lowcountry Region - The Lowcountry Region of South Carolina includes the Atlantic coast and the coastal plain. It covers the area south and east from Sumter.
South Carolina National Forests & Parks - The South Carolina Forests and Parks includes areas managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. These areas are scattered throughout the state.
South Carolina's Historic Sites -

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Charles Pinckney National Historic Site - Official agency website

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