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Fort Fisher State Historic Site

1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3755
+1 910-458-5538
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Great historic site!

Very nice museum full of a lot of history for this area. Listen to the introductory video first... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jackson, Ohio
Beautiful setting to what was one of America's bloodiest battle fields

This area has done a great job in keeping the actual fort area undeveloped for the most part which... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dan m
Daleville, Virginia
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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
+1 910-458-5538
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very nice museum full of a lot of history for this area. Listen to the introductory video first and take a guided tour of the grounds. Our tour guide was so informative. Very thankful that this area has remained undeveloped. Hopefully, it always stays that...More

Thank Itraveldou
Reviewed 1 week ago

This area has done a great job in keeping the actual fort area undeveloped for the most part which is a blessing once you realize the lives lost on this ground. The artifacts and information available in the visitors building is fantastic. I had heard...More

Thank Dan m
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hurry up and see it before it disappears. It is a beautiful are with a museum and monument. Very peaceful and a must for history buffs

Thank JohnD2032016
Reviewed 1 week ago

A Must see Location for anyone to learn about N.C. and the Civil War.Great Trails and things to see,Located right across from Ft. Fisher Park

Thank hickorynut302
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful landscape close to other area attractions. It's nice to just visit and see where history took place.

Thank krissypoo79
Reviewed June 14, 2017 via mobile

The museum indoors is informative and has some great artifacts. Outside, you can walk the grounds of the fort and read various displays about the history. You can also walk along a boardwalk with great views of the Cape Fear River or sit under the...More

Thank Eugene M
Reviewed June 3, 2017 via mobile

They have a cool display with audio and lights and some other neat things. It's a small museum but free so worth a stop.

Thank Debbie D
Reviewed May 30, 2017

Excellent historical museum, great exhibits with lots of artifacts. Tour guide did a nice job with interaction, and demonstrations.

Thank lynnhH9929OF
Reviewed May 27, 2017

Only small pieces of Fort Fisher remain. It is a quick stop along the way to the aquarium or the beach with a few signs, cannons and a quick history tour. You will not need to spend much time here as the focus is the...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed May 25, 2017 via mobile

At the end of Highway 421 South is the Civil War battleground at Fort Fisher. The museum is free to the public (Closed on Monday). Since the park commemorated the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher two years ago, many improvements were made...More

Thank Patti R
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