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Report: Lowcountry national park sites create $47M local impact

Fort Sumter (Photo Source: Wikicommons) Fort Sumter (Photo Source: Wikicommons)

A new report from the National Park Service shows a multi-million dollar benefit to the local economy from the Fort Sumter National Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.

The study, analyzing 2013 spending, found visitors spent $47.5 million in communities near the parks. That spending supported 675 jobs in the area, according to a release from the National Park Service.

“We are delighted to share the story of these places and the experiences they provide and to use the parks as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers," Superintendent Tim Stone said.

Charleston area National Park sites are located in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Sullivan’s Island, and protect and preserve historic sites from the pages of American history.

The Fort Sumter National Monument, which includes Fort Moultrie, welcomed 815,007 visitors in 2013, who spent a combined $44.9 million and supported 638 jobs, the report states. The Charles Pinckney National Historical Site had 47,309 visitors who spend a total of $2.6 million, supporting 37 jobs, the study found.

Stone said national park tourism returns $10 for every one dollar invested in the park service.

Figures in the 2013 study are lower than in the 2012 version, authors say, citing factors that include the 16-day government shutdown in October, 2013, and inflation adjustments for visitation versus visitor spending.

The majority of visitor spending, slightly more than 30 percent, went to lodging; with food and beverages taking second place at 27.3 percent.

Pinckney was a principle author and signer of the United States Constitution. The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site includes the remnant of his coastal plantation, according to the NPS website.

Fort Sumter was the starting point for the Civil War when, on April 12, 1861, Confederate artillery opened fire on the federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours after that initial fire and it would take Union forces nearly four years to take it back from Confederate forces.

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