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Fort Fisher State Historic Site

1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3755
+1 910-251-7340
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Never forget your history,and you will be able dominate your future.

EXCELLENT fun place,very informational,very historic,and every family should bring and teach their... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
cromrulzme1
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Great find

We recently moved to north Carolina and wanted to find somewhere we hadn't heard of. This was it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bethanyrenea
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At the dawn of the American Civil War, the Confederacy took control of land in southeastern North Carolina near one of the two outlets to the Atlantic Ocean from the Cape Fear River. Fort Fisher was the largest earthwork fortification in the Confederacy and was constructed to protect this vital opening. Ships running the Federal blockade of the port of Wilmington, known as blockade runners, supplied necessary goods to Confederate armies inland. By late 1863, the supply line through Wilmington was the last remaining supply route open to Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The Federal Army and Navy attacked Fort Fisher December 24, 1864. After two days of fighting with little headway, Federal commanders concluded that the fort was too strong to assault and withdrew their forces. However, they returned for a second attempt on January 12, 1865. For two and one-half days, Federal ships bombarded the fort on both land and sea face. On the fifteenth, more than 3,300 Union infantry, including the 27th U.S. Colored Troops, assaulted the land face. After several hours of fierce hand-to-hand combat, Federal troops captured the fort that night. The Confederate army evacuated their remaining forts in the Cape Fear area, and within weeks Union forces overran Wilmington. Once Wilmington fell, the supply line of the Confederacy was severed, and the Civil War was soon over. This site has been declared national historic landmark. Along with a restored palisade fence, approximately ten percent of the fort still stands. Guided tours, outside panel makers and museum exhibits provide a historical point of reference. Shaded by gnarled live oaks, a scenic trail leads tourists from the visitor center past the gigantic earthworks and around to the rear of the fort. Visitors are invited to tour the remains of the fort's land face featuring an impressive reconstruction of a 32-pounder seacoast gun at Shepherd's Battery. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located in Kure Beach on what was then known as Federal Point and today as Pleasure Island.
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1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3755
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Reviewed 5 days ago

EXCELLENT fun place,very informational,very historic,and every family should bring and teach their children where and how far we have come as a nation. We were very lucky to have been there on a sunday,when they were having a living history encampment.cannon shots,rifle demo,how they camped,and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recently moved to north Carolina and wanted to find somewhere we hadn't heard of. This was it! This museum is located with an ocean view which is pretty neat. This was a neat historical gem that is never know existed except we decided to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

View the film, tour the fortifications, should take less than an hour. I would not drive here just for this attraction but, if you are in the area, give it a quick look. It is free to the public.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The video presentation and electric map were very informative and of great assistance in understanding the events surrounding the two battles of Fort Fisher. The displays in the visitors center are presented well and add to the experience.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

A great piece of history and so glad it’s well preserved. The staff was knowledgeable and the area is well planned. Thank you!!

Thank janconover
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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

Spend a couple of hours going through the sites and would recommend going to the museum first so you understand what the areas are that you can walk or drive to.

Thank Victoria R R
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

We found a safety fair on our bike ride, and met marines, coast guard, and police .it was great riding the beach tanker that they took us for rides around the historic grounds. It was a great place to relax after riding our bikes

Thank Vera R
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

The guides were very informative and the exhibits quite interesting especially if you are a Civil War buff this was a key location leading to the end of the war

Thank kblass
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Stroll on the grounds that were vital during the Civil War. Walk the beaches where battles were fought. All on the shores of the Atlantic.. We'll be back

Thank John P
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Who knew Fort Fisher was key to Confederacy's fall? After Fort Fisher fell, then the last logistics port of Wilmington was taken and Confederates were out of supplies. Nice museum, fun to walk the fortifications and battery mounds. Scenic. Excellent way to spend an afternoon.

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