Pest House Project: Fort Moultrie EVENT

Pest House Project: Fort Moultrie EVENT

Fort Moultrie to Host a Special Program on the History of the Pest Houses and the Slave Dwelling Project by Joe McGill on July 15th!

Fort Moultrie to Host a Special Program on the History of the Pest Houses and the Slave Dwelling Project by Joe McGill on July 15!


SULLIVAN’S ISLAND, SC – On Saturday, July 15, at 1 pm Joseph McGill, Jr. will present a special program on the history of the pest houses on Sullivan’s Island, and the Slave Dwelling Project at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center. This event is made possible with financial assistance from Eastern National, the park’s museum store, and the South Carolina Humanities Council. Park entrance fees, $3 for adults and $1 for senior citizens, will apply for this program.


     Mr. McGill, founded by a remarkable man who has been spending the night in these houses and then presenting information on these homes with the public. Fort Moultrie shows a major part of history for this coast. It was the defense on this seaside for the United States in the American Revolution all the way through the end of World War II. The vistior centers hours are 9:00am-5:00pm and includes a museum with a full exhibit and informative film. 

    The first pest house was built on Sullivan’s Island in 1707. Over the next 80 years four pest houses were located between Fort Moultrie and the western end of Sullivan’s Island.  When ships arrived carrying infectious diseases, their free or enslaved passengers were quarantined either aboard ship on in island pest houses. Later on, quarantine stations moved to James Island and in the 1830s to Morris Island. Amazingly enough, the pest houses were used from the American Revolution until the end of World War II. 


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Press Release information from the National Park Service US Department of the Interior.