Ft. Fremont Opens History Center

Fort Fremont History Center inage from fortfremont.org.

Fort Fremont is a favorite destination for history buffs visiting Beaufort County. The Spanish American War Fort is now home to an interpretive center which explains the history of the fort.

Image by Carmen Pinckney.

Fort. Fremont can be found at 1124 Lands End Road, just off Highway 21 on St. Helena Island. It was one of the last forts constructed in the nation. It was very technologically advanced for its time. It was one of six forts that were constructed to protect the southeastern coastline. Only two of those survive today.

Image by Carmen Pinckney.

Built in 1898 during the Spanish-American War, the fort protected the Port Royal Sound and the Port Royal Naval Station at Parris Island. It served as a line of defense until its deactivation in 1910. Beaufort County purchased the preserve and fort in 2004 and 2010. The 18-acre property borders the Port Royal Sound. The fort was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

The history center houses a diorama showing how the fort looked in the early 1900s.
Screenshot from Coastline 80 Fort Fremont – YouTube.

The history center contains a diorama that shows visitors how the original fort once looked in the early 1900s. During its heyday, the fort included many outbuildings, including administration, guard house, barracks, hospital, stable, mess hall, bakery, commissary, post exchange, and water tower, supporting a staff of 110.

There are many options for visiting the fort. Interpretive panels have been placed near the batteries to educate visitors. Self-guided walking tours can also be completed through a smart phone app. Tour the history center and view the diorama. Docent-led tours of the property will also be available.

The new history center will open November 9, 2021.
Screenshot from Coastline 80 Fort Fremont – YouTube.

There is no cost to visit the fort. Pathways are ADA approved and a picnic pavilion provides shelter. The historic concrete batteries are on display. The preserve also has restrooms and a water fountain.  

Ft Fremont will be open to the public seven days a week, during daylight hours. The history center will be open Friday and Saturday, from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information on historic Fort Fremont, visit fortfremont.org. For additional information on attractions near Fort Fremont visit southcarolinalowcountry.com.

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