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April 09, 2020

Fort Fisher Gun

Until the last few months of the Civil War, Ft. Fisher kept North Carolina's port of Wilmington open to blockade runners supplying necessary goods to Confederate armies inland. By 1865, the supply line through Wilmington was the last remaining supply route open to Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. When Ft. Fisher fell after a massive Federal amphibious assault on January 15, 1865, its defeat helped seal the fate of the Confederacy. 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. 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. Guided tours and wayside exhibits provide historical orientation. Other exhibits include items recovered from sunken blockade runners.

Fort Fisher has several special events annually. 

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Saturday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Sundays 12:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.,

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend

Closed Mondays and most major state holidays


Fort Fisher

1610 Ft. Fisher Blvd. South,

Kure Beach, NC 28449