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. 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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  • Raised in the Charleston, SC area and now live in Fredericksburg, VA. Lots civil war battle field sights. This one isn't any different. Walking the trails it's evident that it's used as a tax funded d...  more »
  • We really enjoyed this visit to the Fort Fisher Museum, from Grandparents on down to adult children and five year old grandson. The museum is free and is an absolutely excellent exhibit of the Civil W...  more »
  • I happened to attend the day 01.14.17 of the celebration of when the fort was breached by Union forces - period garb and cannon fire. Museum is ample and "just enough" information. Although only 11% o...  more »