Posts Tagged ‘Fort Fisher’


We’re just a few days out from Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot: The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher in Kure Beach this Saturday and Sunday.

With more than 800 re-enactors currently slated to participate in the battle scenario at Shepherd’s Battery and a whole host of other activities planned throughout weekend, the event promises fun for the entire family.

Here are a few tips to ensure you have the best experience possible:

  1. Keep in mind that parking is off-site at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Base, and that a free trolley will run from the parking to the site Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  1. Share your photos, videos and impressions of the event using #FortFisher150
  1. Check out the schedule before you come. There’s so much more going on than just re-enactment. Kids’ activities, lectures, living history demonstrations and music performances promise fun for the entire family.
  1. Consider going on an above-the-scenes or lantern tour. Both will showcase Fort Fisher from a unique perspective. These tours, which have a limited number of participants, require a ticket. Tickets can be bought on-site the day of or in advance ahead by calling (910) 458-5538.
  1. An ATM (with associated fees) will be available on site. Gift shop purchases can also be made via major credit cards.
  1. Come early! We’re expecting big crowds.
  1. Relax and enjoy the event! It’s going to be a great time.

Check out the Friends of Fort Fisher website for more information on the program, and we hope to see you this weekend!

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The debut of Thomas Wolfe book club in Asheville, after-hours family fun at the North Carolina History Center in New Bern and performances of the iconic “Rhapsody in Blue” in Raleigh and Chapel are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are seven suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Escape the winter cold and enjoy fun for the whole family after hours at the North Carolina History Center Thursday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

Family Night at the Museum


2. Hear about the Battle of Fort Fisher and its role in the end of the Civil War from noted historian Robert Gragg, Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

Fort Fisher Marching


3. Take your kids to Graveyard of Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Friday to learn more about 1894 wreck of the cargo ship Clythia and make a related craft.



4. Discuss the short story “Dark in the Forest, Strange as Time” at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial’s first book club meeting Saturday in Asheville.

Thomas Wolfe and Mom


5. Enjoy performances of George Gershwin’s famous “Rhapsody in Blue” by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh and Chapel Hill throughout the weekend.



6. Learn more about the unique history of President Abraham Lincoln and his Cabinet during a lecture from renowned historian Ed Bearss Sunday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.



7. Take a family-friendly tour of the N.C. Museum of Art’s galleries and grounds Saturday and Sunday in Raleigh.



Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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North Carolina’s historic sites, museums and other cultural institutions will be spreading good cheer across the state this weekend.

Civil War-style celebrations of Christmas in Durham and Four Oaks, a Polar Express adventure in Elizabeth City and a 1940s holiday bash in Sedalia are just a sampling of fun programs you’ll find throughout Tar Heel State.

Here are 17 events not to miss:

1. Cookies and cocoa at Dr. Brown’s home in Sedalia Saturday. The snacks are part of a larger program at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum that looks at Christmas during the 1940s.

2. Music, crafts, food and fun as part of Christmas at the Big House, Christmas at the Quarters at Historic Stagville in Durham Saturday.

3. 1830s Christmas Candlelight tours of Vance Birthplace in Weaverville Saturday, where visitors will play the part of travelers seeking lodging for the night at the Vance home.

4. A Civil War Christmas at Bennett Place in Durham Saturday and Sunday, complete with traditional cooking demonstrations, caroling and decorations from the period.

5. Ornament-making at Mount Gilead‘s Town Creek Indian Mound Saturday. Visitors can choose to make edible “orniments” for birds or a clay decoration for their tree.

6. A German-style “Golden Christmas” at Reed Gold Mine in Midland Saturday. Craft demonstrations, candlelight tours of the mine and activities for the kids will all be part of the fun.

7. Refreshments and the chance to see what life was like for common Civil War soldiers on furlough during the holidays during Bentonville Battlefield’s Christmas program in Four OaksSaturday.


8. A fun-filled Christmas extravaganza featuring classic seasonal songs throughout the weekend at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.

9. Pinecone decorating and stories surrounding the origins of the Christmas tree as part of aVictorian Christmas at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Saturday. 

10. A Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla along the Beaufort waterfront Saturday night, right near the N.C. Maritime Museum.

11. A glimpse into the splendor of the season on an antebellum plantation, complete with traditional decorations and a good ole’ fashion Southern meal, Sunday at Somerset Place inCreswell.  

12. Nighttime tours of Durham‘s Duke Homestead decorated for an 1870s Christmas Friday.

13. Arms drills, cannon firing and displays of Civil War camp life at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Federal attack there .

14. A Polar Express-themed holiday celebration at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City Saturday, featuring carriage rides and a model train village based on the family film favorite.

15. Performances of Handel’s Messiah by the N.C. Symphony and N.C. Master Chorale throughout the weekend in Raleigh and Southern Pines.

16. A lecture and book signing on growing up in Raleigh during the 1940s and 50s Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

17. Stories of Christmas past and special treats at the Mountain Gateway Museum Saturday, in conjunction with the Old Fort Christmas parade.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you know someone who’d like to receive these emails, they can sign up on the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources website.

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Head over to Fort Fisher in Kure Beach Saturday for a blast from the
past focusing on Civil War artillery.

A behind-the-scenes look at archaeological exploration in Four Oaks, a living history program focused on Civil War cannon fire in Kure Beach and a final rare glimpse of the 13th Amendment in New Bern are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery offered this weekend by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will offer a fun maritime-themed craft for kids, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort hosts kayak tours highlighting the local history of the Crystal Coast region. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host its second round of special comedian-led tours of the Eric Fertman: A Comic Turn exhibition.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art will screen the Disney favorite Mary Poppins outside under the stars in Raleigh, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will host an Independence Day-themed art-making session for kids.

Saturday is your last chance to get a rare glimpse of the 13th Amendment, when it will go on display in the N.C. History Center at Tryon Palace in New Bern. Special tours of the earthworks, cannon firing and the chance for members of the public to learn drills will all be part of Fort Fisher’s living history program on artillery in Kure Beach. While in Asheville, DCR’s Western Office will open an exhibit of Lewis Hine’s iconic photographs of child labor in the early 1900s with a lecture on the history that the haunting photographs depict.

Back in the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will host a family-friendly gallery tour and studio session where kids and parents can work together to create a family portrait, and the N.C. Symphony will continue its ever-popular Summerfest series in Cary with a performance of beach music.

Both Friday and Saturday, visitors to Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks can see behind-the-scenes at cutting-edge work archaeologists are doing at several historic sites to try and uncover the secrets of the past.

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From an examination of torpedo warfare on the Cape Fear River in Winnabow to demonstrations of military training and camp life in Four Oaks, several historic sites and museums around North Carolina will offer programming related to the Civil War in the next week.

Kids "enlist" at Bennett Place in Durham

Kids “enlist” at Bennett Place in Durham

The fun starts Friday with a screening of the epic film Glory at the N.C. Museum of Art’s outdoor theater in Raleigh. Tickets are free for members and $5 for all others.

On Saturday as part of our 2nd Saturdays series, eight of our sites will be offering programs on the Civil War.

On the coast, the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will host displays on the USS North Carolina and CSS North Carolina during the Civil War. Topics as diverse as steam engineering, ironclad ship construction and navigation will be covered. In Winnabow at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, a program will focus on torpedo warfare on the Cape Fear River. At Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, visitors will learn about how technology was used in communications during the Civil War, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will present a program on blockade running complete with living history demonstrations, live period music and visiting sutlers.

North Carolina’s monument at Gettysburg

Farther inland, Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks will present cooking demonstrations, musket and artillery firing and more as part its Civil War camp life program. Bennett Place in Durham will offer similar demonstrations with a focus on authors and storytelling. The State Capitol in Raleigh will also display Civil War-era materials from the State Library and offer special tours of old State Library there.

In the west, where the Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace in Weaverville will host Michael Hardy for role of western North Carolina in the Civil War.

The week of Civil War programs ends Monday with a lecture on the role of North Carolinians at the Battle of Gettysburg hosted by State Archives in Raleigh. The lecture is part of a series the Archives’ hosts on the last second Monday of each month.

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Image of Rose Greenhow from the book My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule At Washington, by Rose Greenhow, 1863.

Image of Rose Greenhow from the book My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule At Washington, by Rose Greenhow, 1863.

All this month we’re bringing you stories from North Carolina women’s history. Check back here each week day for a new tidbit on the women of our state’s past.

Before the Civil War, Rose O’Neal Greenhow, a widowed Washington socialite turned Confederate spy, was well known for her pro-states’ rights and slavery expansionist views and for maintaining friendly relationships with leaders from the North.

When war broke out she was recruited her to lead a Confederate espionage ring. In 1861 she provided General Pierre G.T. Beauregard with information that assisted his victory at the first Battle of Bull Run. Shortly thereafter, she was placed her under house arrest and later transferred to a prison, where she still managed to relay messages to the South. In 1862 the federal government sent her to the South where she was welcomed as a hero.

Jefferson Davis sent Greenhow to Europe in 1863 to raise support for the Confederacy. Her return trip a year later was aboard the blockade-runner Condor, which ran aground 200 yards from Fort Fisher. She feared capture since she was carrying dispatches for the Confederacy and $2,000 worth of coins. She got in a small boat with five soldiers to row ashore, against the captain’s advice. The boat capsized and the weight of the purse pulled her beneath the waters to her death. She was buried with full military honors in Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington.

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U.S. Colored Troops

All this month we’re bringing you stories from North Carolina’s black history. Check back here each week day for a new tidbit from our state’s African American’s past.

From January 15 to February 22, 1865, Union army and naval forces engaged in the successful effort to capture Fort Fisher and take Wilmington, the South’s last significant blockade running port. Several regiments of United States Colored Troops (USCT) took part, and fought with conspicuous gallantry.

Former slaves and free blacks from across the nation served under white officers. One of the black units—the 37th colored regiment—came from coastal North Carolina and included men from Bladen, Brunswick and New Hanover Counties.

Though casualty figures for the colored units engaged in the taking of Fort Fisher were very low since most were only involved in the campaign’s final stages, they faced a determined enemy and potential execution if they were captured. Several captured Confederate officers were asked whether they killed black prisoners, and the officers replied that if the blacks were free men they would be allowed to live, but if they were former slaves and could be identified as such they were treated as criminals and killed.

Graves of members of the United States Colored Troops can still be seen today at the Wilmington National Cemetery near downtown.

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