Tourists continue to take limited tours at Charleston's national parks

By Ava

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) Harbor Tours seem to be the best way to get a glimpse of the closed national monument Fort Sumter. Jerry Bryant of St. Louis, Mo., continued with his vacation plans even though he knew the parks would be closed.

"We were just hoping that they would open it up before we got through with our vacation, which they didn't do, which kind of disappoints us a little bit," said Bryant.

At the gates of Ft. Moultrie museum, tourists continue to turn in to the driveway but are greeted by locked gates and a large government shutdown sign.

"We're dealing with a bunch of children that don't know how to act. I taught my children at 6 years old how to behave and we have a bunch of politicians that don't know how to act. They're going to have their way like selfish children," said Melanie Horn of Alabama.

Horn says it was her dream to visit Sullivan's Island and the forts. She's taken lots of pictures of the walls and cannons but says it's not the experience she wanted.

"I think I would have come anyway, but it certainly would have in enhanced if we could have, you know, gone to Ft. Sumter and to Moultrie but they didn't choose to do that. So all it does is hurt the common people you know, who work for a living everyday," said Horn. {}

A limited staff of three people is checking on all the sites during the shutdown.

"We're making sure on a daily basis that all of the resource is in good order making sure that buildings that should be secured are remaining secured," said Sandy Pusey Cameron, Facility Manager at Ft. Sumter national monument.

In Charleston about 30 park employees are on furlough during the government shutdown.