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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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Great visit

My husband and I enjoyed our visit . I'm pretty familiar with Civil War history but did not know... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Interesting piece of history

Found this gem on our way to the NC aquarium. Was glad we took the time to explore the museum... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
North Myrtle Beach, South 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
+1 910-251-7340
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed our visit . I'm pretty familiar with Civil War history but did not know much about the history in this area. We learned alot about the blockade and battles here. The employees were very nice and helpful.

Thank srraines
Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this gem on our way to the NC aquarium. Was glad we took the time to explore the museum. Part of the fort is still standing on the grounds. Very interesting place.

Thank SarahR1949
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the free tour at 1 pm. Well worth the time. Tour guide was very engaging. Brings the past to life with the walking tour. Exhibits inside are good too. All free. Good for history buffs.

Thank T0mmy64
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not being a Civil War enthusiast, I was somewhat indifferent to visiting but overall I felt it was quite interesting and informative and peaked my interest in exploring the war further. The visitor's center has nice displays, a decent amount of artifacts, and very nice...More

Thank ZSJPharmD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my first visit to Fort Fisher and I was very impressed. The museum was very informative especially the lighted map and narrative that explained the progress of the battle there. Since part of the fort is now under water, the map provided a...More

Thank Whitney Y
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't realize this Fort had such a impact on the Civil War till I visited and learned so much. Museum was free but there was a donation box. My boys and I enjoyed reading and learning so much there. It's worth the trip and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Much of the original site is underwater, but can see some of the structures. We took the 45 minute guided tour, which added to our experience. He incorporated information from the fort as well as local ties. Enjoyed our stop!

Thank Jana M
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We bought our 2 boys pistols from the gift shop, they had fun walking/running, getting some energy out, stopping to read what took place & imagining what it would have been like for the young soldiers. Takes between 3min to 1 hour.

Thank KasiNY
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

On every weekend, this site soldiers does live canon firing which is nice to see.They create the environment of civil war real site.

Thank Hansa G
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This was our second trip to Fort Fisher and each time we learn something new. This time we were able to watch the musket demonstration. WOW, talk about "hurry up" - loading the muskets back in the day took some time. Walking around the fort...More

Thank benooch67
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29 February 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.
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It is free.