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Fort Fisher State Historic Site

Address: 1610 Fort Fisher Boulevard, South, Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone Number: +1 910-458-5538
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Ranked #5 of 10 Attractions in Kure Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: At the dawn of the American Civil War, the Confederacy took control of land in southeastern North...
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Visited for the 150 anniversary re-enactment. Union and Confederate encampment and many people in period costumes. Many tents with demonstrations and military information. They have a nice museum with restrooms, but there were so many there for the anniversary they had port-o-potties, also. Food vendors where there for the anniversary also. I have been before to the museum before, but... More 

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Rock Hill, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We have visited a number of Civil War battlefields and museums, and enjoyed them all. However this is the first one I've visited that had joint Army - Navy operations, and even Marine and Naval troops put ashore for join the Army in its assault. The Visitor Center has good displays and knowledgeable people. We attended the 150th commemoration of... More 

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Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

This is one of my favorite museums to go to with my family. It is small but great for the entire family including children of all ages. There are some short trails around the backside of the museum to walk and see the sights. I highly recommend watching the 10 minute movie because it is very informative and will educate... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This little museum is a favorite of ours when we've had enough beach-time. From the Civil War to training pilots in WWII, this place has seen some action. My boys love to run around the large grassed areas and examine the cannons. Small, packed with history and worth the trip (check website for hours!).

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Fort Fisher Historic Site offers visitors the chance to see one of the better preserved earthen forts from the US civil war. The fort itself was smaller than I had expected but still provides a good lesson on the importance of the fort in defense of Wilmington, NC. They advertise themselves as the most visited historical location in the... More 

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Volcano, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fort Fisher has it all. Great, clear information on one of the most important battles of the Civil War, a wonderful museum with lots of artifacts from the war, and informative outside walking tour and a short film. The inside map and narrative kept everyone's attention, including the children. What a treasure,and free to boot!

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

In researching what to do during our visit to Kure Beach we stumbled upon Fort Fisher. Since my husband and son are both history buffs we decided to make a visit. The museum and information were great. Little hot on an August afternoon but well worth the visit.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The exhibit area has expanded since our last visit. Also offered is a 10 min. movie on the significance of The Fort in the Civil War. Although we did not walk the grounds, it appears that more restoration is taking place outside. If you are a history buff, this is a must. Free or donation. Small gift shop & clean... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

There isn't much to see if you expect a brick & mortar fort. This is an earthen fort, but if you know the history & importance of Fort Fisher you will enjoy the visit. There is no cost to see the fort.

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Boone, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

At the end of a visit to any of the Brunswick County NC beaches consider taking a leisurely route home with ferry ride and a trip to an aquarium. On a recent October weekend at Oak Island we checked out at 11:00 a.m. and caught the South Port Ferry across the Cape Fear River to Fort Fisher and enjoyed an... More 

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