Ft. Fisher

Civil War – National Historic Landmark

Until the last few months of the Civil War, Fort 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. Continued

The Site

The Port

The Fort

The Civil War at Ft. Fisher


1st Attack

2nd Attack

Battle Maps


The Forces


Fort Fisher

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • June 16 and 17:
    "Gallantry and Determined Bravery"

    Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
    Sunday, 12 pm to 4 pm

    History will come alive June 16-17, 2018, as Fort Fisher State Historic Site hosts 'Gallantry and Determined Bravery': a Confederate Navy and Marine Corps living history program. The event will feature uniformed reenactors, small arms demonstrations, and periodic firings of the site's 12-pound bronze Napoleon cannon. As a special bonus, the program will also include the 'Toy Soldier Workshop,' a Junior Reserves family activity, at which kids and parents are invited to paint toy soldiers and learn about military uniforms, colors, and equipment. Best of all, participating visitors get to take their work home as souvenirs. In addition, historian and author Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Jr., will speak in the Spencer Theater at 2 pm. Dr. Fonvielle will discuss the compelling stories of the many people who called Fort Fisher home. He will also be available to sign copies of his books and talk with visitors inside the museum. The program is free and open to the public. All Fort Fisher programming is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of Fort Fisher, its sustaining members, and through support from New Hanover County, the town of Carolina Beach, and the town of Kure Beach.

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

Fort Fisher Information

Contact Us

Ft. Fisher
1610 Ft. Fisher Blvd. South
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone: (910) 251-7340
Fax: (910) 458-0477
Email: fisher@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays, 12 noon - 5 pm, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Closed Mondays and most major state holidays.


No admission fees. There is a suggested donation at some special events. School and other large groups should schedule at least two weeks in advance.

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