Welcome to the Friends of Fort Fisher website. Here, history buffs, civil war fans, aficionados of artillery fire and cannon fodder, lovers of the Carolina coast and those seeking a great family fun venue, gather to support the efforts to preserve this terrific piece of our past.


To be drawn, at the Fort, on Sunday, January 19, 2020!

The Friends of Fort Fisher Small Arms Raffle is providing a unique opportunity for Civil War weapons enthusiasts and black powder shooters. This year’s raffle features a set of Civil War reproduction revolvers - the Colt “Army" Model 1860 and the Remington New Model Army. In addition to the revolvers, this raffle comes in a custom handcrafted wooden display case, with a powder flask, a brass .44 caliber bullet mold, and a brass container for caps (caps not included).

Events at Fort Fisher are 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.

January 18 Saturday
Friends of Fort Fisher Descendants Reunion Carolina Beach Town Hall, 1121 N.Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC
Honor & Remember Fort Fisher Descendants
155th Anniversary Descendant Program
Carolina Beach Town Hall
18 January 2020  (7:30 AM-Noon)
155th Anniversary Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach
18-19 January 2020 (10AM-4PM)
The 155th Anniversary Commemoration will be held at Fort Fisher on Saturday & Sunday, 18 & 19 January 2020.
A special Program for Descendants  will be conducted that morning (7:30-12:00) at the Carolina Beach Town Hall, including a continental breakfast and featuring Dr Chris Fonvielle,  Rod Gragg,  Richard Triebe,  and a presentation of the New Museum and Fort Expansion.
Registration forms and online registration must be completed and paid for by 31 December 2019.
155th Anniversary Commemoration
Events at the site will feature a tactical battle scenario (1pm Saturday, 10am Sunday) with hundreds of reenactors in period uniforms, special guest speakers,  music by Masonboor and the Huckleberry Brothers,  and more!  Anniversary events  at the historic site  run from 10 am to 4 pm on 18 & 19 January.
If you would like to spend the night, the Courtyard Marriott at Carolina Beach has offered special rates for that weekend.
As a benefit of membership, we can offer an even greater discount to FOFF members who are also descendants. If you are a member & descendant, and would like additional information on these rates, just let us know!
January 18 Saturday
The 155th Commemoration of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher , , ,

Glory Enough for All – the 155th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher

By December 1864, Wilmington, NC stood as the last remaining open port in the Confederacy, and the supplies it fed – in from the port and out via the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad – were the “life blood” of General Robert E. Lee’s men in Northern Virginia. The largest and strongest fortification protecting Wilmington and its blockade runners was Fort Fisher. After a failed attack by Union Forces on Christmas Eve, 1864, what became our country’s largest amphibious battle prior to D-Day was launched against Fort Fisher on January 12, 1865:  the Second Battle of Fort Fisher. For days, millions of projectiles rained down on the fort, followed by hours of brutal hand to hand combat on the final day, and ending on the night of January 15, 1865 with the fort’s surrender . Thousands were injured or dead. Wilmington fell on February 22, severing the Confederacy’s supply line, and Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, VA less three months after the fall of Fort Fisher.

On January 18th & 19th, 2020, Fort Fisher will hold a two-day family-friendly event to commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher. Approximately 500 costumed reenactors will participate in a battle reenactment (1:00pm on Saturday & 10am on Sunday). There will be living history demonstrations, musket demonstrations, artillery firing, period music, guided tours and special guest speakers including Chris Fonvielle, Michael Hardy, and Rodd Gragg. Topics will include slave impressment, Civil War military prisons, USCT’s in the Cape Fear, bravery & valor and more. Children’s activities will include signal flags, spy codes, and the school of the soldier. Food trucks will be on site.

This will be Fort Fisher State Historic Site’s largest event in five years and is not to be missed!

This and all Fort Fisher programming is made possible by the Friends of Fort Fisher membership, support from the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, New Hanover County and generous donations from people like you. Without all your help this event and others would not be possible.

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Schedule subject to change. For program times and details, please call 910-251-7340 prior to your visit.

Make Your New Visitor's Center a Reality!

Last year over 900,000 people visited the Fort Fisher State Historic Site property! That's local families, school groups, military groups, retirement groups, Jr. ROTC, Boys/Girls Club Summer Camp, YMCA Summer Camp, tourists and more!  When the Visitor's Center was built back in the mid-1960's, it was originally intended to accommodate 25,000 people annually. We’ve far outgrown our capacity. With your help, we will build a larger, updated facility more worthy of the history it represents and the visitors it attracts.

Become a member. Join Friends of Fort Fisher. Volunteer in our gift shop or as an interpreter at the Fort. Join a committee or our Board of Directors. Put on a fundraiser through your company or community group. Sponsor an event or make a donation.

If you would like to know more about sponsorship and naming opportunities, please contact our Executive Director, Christine Divoky, at 910.233.2013 or


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