Via Bob: What mystifies me is that there is another unused fort in Charleston Harbor - - Castle Pinckney - - that isn't part of the Sumter/Moultrie historic sites, and is in fact privately owned. Add that one and the old Morris Island Lighthouse and you could have a good "Charleston Harbor National Historic Park."
Tim Stone spreads his hands defenselessly on top of the wall of Fort Sumter that faces the Charleston shipping channel. This wall withstood cannon bombardment from Fort Moultrie and offshore warships, a landmark of American history.
“It could fall as we stand here right now,” the fort’s National Park Service superintendent said.
On the 100th anniversary of the national parks, they, like their state counterparts, are in dire straits — more than $12 billion behind in maintenance and operating on a $3 billion budget. That’s even though the parks nationwide brought in 307 million visitors in 2015 and generated $32 billion in economic activity, according to the federal Department of the Interior.
National parks, like state parks, are underfunded and consequently understaffed, falling behind in maintenance, pressured by government leaders to pay for themselves to operate.
The three national parks near Charleston — Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie and the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site — are cumulatively more than $10 million behind in maintenance. The backlog statewide is more than $235 million.
More @ The Post & Courier