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On June 9, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host the first of three second Saturday programs open to the public this summer season. Model Military: Visualizing History in Scale will spotlight the use of models and miniatures in creating history in a scale format. Local artisans and hobbyists with Eastern Carolina Plastic Modelers will display their creations and discuss model research and hobby tips.
Also on hand will be noted Civil War author and historian Michael Hardy, who will be signing his books in the visitor’s center. The fort’s 12-pound Napoleon cannon will be fired throughout the day and costumed tours of the fort’s remaining earthworks will be given at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. The event is free, though donations are appreciated. All Fort Fisher programming is made possible by the Friends of Fort Fisher, the nonprofit group that supports the site.
Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive bombardments, the fort fell to a Union infantry assault on Jan. 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington’s port, “the Lifeline of the Confederacy,” was closed to foreign trade.
Visit the Fort Fisher State Historic Site at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd. South in Kure Beach. For more information on the site, call (910) 458-5538 or visit its website at www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher/. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, which annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.