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Fort Fisher State Historic Site

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Address: 1610 Fort Fisher Boulevard, South, Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone Number: +1 910-458-5538
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Description: At the dawn of the American Civil War, the Confederacy took control of...
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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Fort Fisher

This was a nice FREE stop for the kids. They offer free tours and the beach is not as crowded as in Kure beach and Carolina Beach. The museum was nicely air conditioned and had a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Morganton, North Carolina
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Morganton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This was a nice FREE stop for the kids. They offer free tours and the beach is not as crowded as in Kure beach and Carolina Beach. The museum was nicely air conditioned and had a movie. There was a lot to see and the cool breeze from the river and ocean was great on a 95 degree day!!!

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Yorktown, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this historic site. They did a great job of explaining the importance of protecting the port of Wilmington during the Civil War, and of how when Fort Fisher fell, the last viable port of the Confederacy being shut down meant the end for the Confederacy. Great exhibits and displays, and the fort itself was well preserved and fun... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Took our 2 young grandsons. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We had a hard time getting them out of the museum portion to walk around the remains of the earth fortifications. Sad thing is that most of the fort has been lost to 155 years of water erosion. Only part of the land side portion remains. I have been a number... More 

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Greensboro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I highly recommend this historic site. My son even enjoyed. Beautiful location and well maintained. The underground water front fort wad amazing. Gift shop prices were great value

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Mount Pleasant, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

If you like History this is a great place to enjoy at your own pace. Free admission to walk and read and view items. You can walk across the street to the ocean and Recreation area.

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Mount Airy, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

History! Good walking trail and nature at its best for birds and crabs. Sheppards Battery was a fun climb with an awesome view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We went out specially to see the fort (earth works). Nice little visitors center with a friendly staff While no film like you would see at national battlefield the light map with audio filled the bill. The fort itself was mostly larger grass covered earth mounds now a quick walk with a number of informational plaques. The was a second... More 

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Rock Hill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The guided walking tour was very informative and historically meaningful. The battlegrounds have been carefully preserved to give visitors a detailed, live account of the fort's history.

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kure beach,nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

History at your fingertips, free to the public, excellent displays....the central exhibit of the re-inactment of the battle w/ sound is the best. Hard to imagine the tough life these Southern soldiers endured w/ the heat, mosquitoes,etc.....what is left of the fort is extremely impressive. Try to see one of the re-inactments before they too are banned by the PC... More 

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Lakeside, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Recently took my family to Fort Fisher. We found great parking right on beach, arriving early Sunday am, however, museum didn't open until noon that day, so we had to settle for our an outdoor tour. The walking path was wonderful, with informational placards placed along the way with great information. We really enjoyed it!

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Additional Information about Fort Fisher State Historic Site

Address: 1610 Fort Fisher Boulevard, South, Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone Number: +1 910-458-5538
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Kure Beach
Open Hours:
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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