Fort Sumter is an important historical landmark that dates back to the antebellum period prior to the Civil War. This Fort was originally built in 1812 to protect the Charleston Harbor after the British invaded Washington, but its construction was never actually completed. Although the fort was incomplete, the beginning of the American Civil War was marked here as The Battle of Fort Sumter commenced in 1861. These significant historical events make the Fort a sight to see in the Charleston area! Fort Sumter can be viewed at a distance from the shoreline on The Battery, but the best way to see it is with an up-close view on a Private Sunset Cruise from Sandlapper Tours!