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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  • September 16, 2017
    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...  more »
  • September 11, 2017
    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.  more »
  • September 1, 2017
    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.  more »
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  • June 12, 2017
    Very nice at night, specially at the full moon evening. I am sure lots of things to do in day time as well. Amazing view. Listening the sound of waives brushing the shore while watching the bright moon ligth shimmering over the ocean surface make you want to freeze the moment. What a beauty!
  • June 16, 2017
    Great spot to stop and check out historical site. For its size it has a lot of information on display. Staff was very helpful with any questions you may have.
  • June 18, 2017
    Really neat place with lots to look at. Self guided tour by the water. Lots of interesting facts and well maintained. Wear sunscreen.
  • May 20, 2017
    Very night historic site. Love all the special programs throughout the year. Like this night firing of the cannon
  • April 9, 2017
    Beautiful area, if you get a chance go check it out. The beach front is super nice and then there's some trails and walkways. Very relaxing and peaceful area!

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