Sullivan’s Island is a small island, only a few short miles long, that sits southeast of Charleston city, at the mouth of the harbor. With it’s interesting history and unique shape, it is well worth a visit!
This park is a must-see for anyone with an interest in American history. The island is the location of Fort Moultrie National Historic Park. Fort Sumter is constructed on an artificial island in the harbor and must be accessed by ferry. Fort Moultrie resides on Sullivan’s Island proper, along with its visitor center housing interesting educational exhibits.
The forts Moultrie and Sumter were significant locations in the American Revolutionary and Civil wars. A flag designed by Colonel Moultrie during the Revolutionary War, known as the Moultrie Flag or Liberty Flag, was the predecessor to the one still used as the Palmetto State’s state flag today!
The writer Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Fort Moultrie for some time, and one of his famous short stories, “The Gold-Bug”, is set on Sullivan’s Island. A few streets on the island are named after him and some of his literature. Not only that, but there is a local tavern called Poe’s Tavern themed around his works.
The national park also encompasses Charleston Light, one of two working lighthouses in South Carolina. It’s light can be seen as far as 26 miles away! As it’s still utilized by the US Coast Guard, the interior is not open to guests, but visitors are welcome to explore the surrounding grounds. The Charleston Light has a modern, triangular design, making it one of the most unique lighthouses you will ever get to see.
There are even more historic districts yet mentioned, as well as activities through which one can experience the charm of the island, such as walking the Sullivan’s Island Nature Trail, or participating in water sports off the island’s beach. Sullivan’s Island is a great town to visit to get away from the hustle of the city while still experiencing the long history and uniqueness of the Charleston area.
You can learn more about the history of Charleston and our surrounding areas on one of our intriguing Sandlapper Water Tours. We’ll see you on your next adventure in the Charleston Harbor!