On our way home from Ben and Bonnie’s wedding last May, we made a planned stop in Charleston, South Carolina, for several hours. Our first stop was Fort Sumter. We took the ferry from Patriots Point Maritime Museum (you can also take a ferry from Liberty Square in downtown Charleston). The museum is billed as “the world’s largest naval and maritime museum,” but we didn’t have time for it. You need to allow about two hours to take the ferry ride to the fort and back, including the hour they give for exploring the fort (I would’ve liked a bit longer.)
It was very meaningful to visit Fort Sumter only one month after the 150th anniversary of the battle that began the Civil War. We hope we can visit other Civil War sites during the Sesquicentennial celebration.
After our time at the fort, we drove over to downtown Charleston and walked around a bit, enjoying the architecture and the beautiful day. You’ll have plenty of places to choose from for lunch. We passed the Mellow Mushroom, which we know has a great pizza menu (because we ate at one right off of I-95 in Florence, South Carolina, the day before for dinner) and settled on Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. We loved the food and the atmosphere.