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Fort Lamar Historic Preserve

Columbia, SC 29202, USA

Initially called the Tower Battery because of its 75-foot observation tower, Fort Lamar was renamed for Col. Thomas G. Lamar, who commanded Confederate troops at the fort during the Battle of Secessionville on June 16, 1862. In this fierce battle, Lamar's men repulsed a Union army that outnumbered the defenders three-to-one and saved Charleston.


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Take Route 17 to James Island then head south on Highway 171 (Folly Road). Turn left onto Grimball Road and follow to Seccessionville Road. Turn left onto Old Military Road then turn left onto Fort Lamar Road. The entrance to the site is 0.8 miles on left.

Visitor Services

Self-guided trail

Regular Events

June: commemoration of the Battle of Seccessionville.

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Admission Fee



Daily: Sunrise to sunset.



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