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Rain Doesn’t Damper Park Day at Ft. Fisher

Linda Harris, left and granddaughter Rachel Harris, came all the way from Demorest, GA to help out on Park Day.

Staff Writer

Volunteers from all over the east coast converged on Historic Fort Fisher on Saturday, March 31 for their annual Park Day. Fort Fisher once protected the port of Wilmington and is the site of the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy. Park Day is now its 16th year and was created by the Civil War Trust to help preserve and maintain the grounds around historic sites.
A number of the volunteers were not from the area and traveled here specifically to help out. Linda Harris and her granddaughter, Rachel Harris, drove seven hours Friday night from Demorest, GA to participate in the event at Fort Fisher. Rachel even got an excused absence from school granted in order to travel to volunteer.
Also on hand were several Boy Scout Troops, including Troop 224 from Wilmington and 235 in Hampstead. Nathan Carmon from Troop 224 and Quentin Deckard from Troop 235 helped dig in a new post line to protect the historic live oaks that line the shoreline of the park. Also on hand were Amanda Stephens and Jesse Reynaud from the 8th Engineer Support Battalion Support Crew of the Marine Corps in Jacksonville, NC. Assistant manager, John Mosley, and maintenance supervisor, Jessica Sutton, organized the group’s activities for the morning and Friends of Fort Fisher provided lunch. Annabelle Nunnally, whose father, Brian Nunnally, is an active member of Friends of Fort Fisher, helped by assisting Island Woman member, Anne Terry and volunteer Ange Schroeder with cleaning up the entrance to the museum. Thanks to the rain holding off, the enthusiastic band of volunteers managed to get a great deal accomplished, making this year’s Park Day a great success. To learn more about how you can support Fort Fisher throughout the year, contact them at (910) 458-5538. There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the year to help keep North Carolina’s most visited historic site a local treasure.