On January 12, 2019, Fort Fisher State Historic Site commemorated the 154th anniversary of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher. There were costumed re-enactors, cannon firings, infantry demonstrations and examples of camp life. Becky Sawyer shared the research and stories behind the Site's new exhibit on the Federal Point Lighthouse. Dr. Melinda Lowery spoke about Lumbee conscription at Fort Fisher and how it was an important part of the origins of the Lowry War. Dr. Jamie Martinez gave a presentation on the government sanctioned forced labor used to build the Fort. Special guests included Michelle Lanier, Director of NC Division of State Historic Sites, and Harvey Godwin, Jr. Chairman of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Click link below for pictures!
And a few days before the big anniversary event, Friends of Fort Fisher hosted a sneak peek reveal of the new Federal Point Lighthouse Exhibit for Friends of Fort Fisher members. Fort Fisher's Collection Manager and Exhibit Coordinator, Becky Sawyer, gave us a presentation on the series of three lighthouses which at one point served to light the way for mariners approaching New Inlet. The exhibit features findings from the 1963 Stan South archaeological dig of the lighthouse keeper’s cottage and the 2009 archaeological dig of the 1837 Federal Point Lighthouse. It was a great chance to talk with Becky one on one and to relax with friends.
Fort Fisher programming is made possible by the Friends of Fort Fisher and its membership, as well as through the generous support from the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. All programming is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. For more information, please call the site at 910.251.7340.
Our next descendants reunion will be during the 155th anniversary in 2020.