Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach

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Fort Fisher State Historic Site tells the story of one of the most important fortifications of the Civil War and is the site of fierce naval and land battles. The Confederate fort, strategically placed at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, was crucial for protecting trading routes and keeping Confederate supply lines open. Capturing the fort known as the Southern Gibraltar was crucial for the Union, but it was only achieved in 1865 after two sieges. Little remains of the original earthen fort, but you can still see some of its parts and visit the restored gun batteries, archeological displays, and a monument to Confederate soldiers. Through exhibits and an audiovisual program, the visitor center provides information on the fort's history. If the weather is nice, plan to stop by the adjacent public beach for a swim. See Fort Fisher State Historic Site and all Kure Beach has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kure Beach day trip planning app .
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  • Had a chance to visit Old Fort Fisher this weekend. It is only a shadow of its' former self. While still not complete in 1862, it was still large enough to protect the Blockade Runners trying to get i...  more »
  • This museum is free and def worth a stop. Tons of parking and there were no crowds when we went. Great way to show how the civil war went to younger kids.  more »
  • Good tour. Nice bit of history in Wilmington. Got to see a live action regiment with musket fires and packing. Pretty cool. Takes an hour or 2 to go through. The beach across the street is one of my favorites. Definitely check it out if you get a chance (usually not very busy-local tip!).
  • Our tour guide Alex was unbelievably knowledgeable and entertaining to listen to. The guy knew his stuff in and out and was able to mix in some humor & kept us engaged.. My parents and I are big civil war history buffs and we've experienced Gettysburg, Appomattox, Petersburg, Richmond,Charleston .. Best history experience to date.. Alex is an intern.. Pay the man! 5 stars
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