Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach

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Military Museum Historic Site
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. Add Fort Fisher State Historic Site to your Kure Beach travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kure Beach travel itinerary maker.
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  • 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 grea...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • Excellent historical museum, great exhibits with lots of artifacts. Tour guide did a nice job with interaction, and demonstrations.  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Very night historic site. Love all the special programs throughout the year. Like this night firing of the cannon
  • 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!
  • Very helpful, friendly folks throughout the museum. A smaller facility but very nice.