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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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Nice Area to Visit and See Where History Took Place

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

Reviewed 6 days ago
Wilmington, North Carolina
Great historical site

The museum indoors is informative and has some great artifacts. Outside, you can walk the grounds... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Eugene M
Tarboro, North Carolina
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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 6 days ago

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

Thank krissypoo79
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank lynnhH9929OF
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time we stop here I find myself seeing something that I don't remember seeing before. I'd prefer to think they are constantly adding exhibits rather to think my memory has become defective :-) The staff is very informative and the lighted layout of the...More

Thank Genie M
Fort_Fisher_SHS, Front Office Manager at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Genie, Thank you for stopping to visit! Thanks to the Friends of Fort Fisher's support, I can tell you without a doubt, its not your memory. They fund our new and updated exhibits based on our research and help us acquire new artifacts. We...More

Reviewed May 18, 2017

Truth: have you ever heard of Fort Fisher? I hadn't before I started looking up places to go in Wilmington. This state historic sight does a good job of presenting context and details of the siege(s) and eventual capture of the port of Wilmington by...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

I've been here a few times in the past but this trip I was alone and spend time reading history as well as viewing the museum. I also walked the grounds on both sides of road reading about what actually happened here. Like most wars...More

Thank Rwine54
Reviewed May 3, 2017 via mobile

This is a spot that held the key to the Confederacy survival, located where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Wilmington is upriver and was the railhead and supply point to the Confederacy. The grounds are preserved with an excellent walking trail and...More

Thank msusandel
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Thank you for the review. Any guideline on how much time is needed for the fort/museum area?
February 29, 2016|
Response from Sandra D | Reviewed this property |
This is the third time I tried to answer, so I hope it doesn't end up posting all 3 times. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to go over all of it.
What ia admission
August 13, 2015|
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Response from paulmcgehee74959 | Reviewed this property |
It is free.