- Published on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 21:37
- Written by Super User
(Pictured Above): Upper left: Friends of Fort Fisher Chairman Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Jim Carper and Fort Fisher Maintenance Assistant David Sheaffer with Riverines, back row from left: Paul Imhoff, Fort Fisher Maintenance Supervisor Jack Crowe, LT Michael Diehl, BM2 Chris Johnson, Kyle West, Steve Vaillancourt . Front row from left: Bryon Cain, Matt Brown, Willie Coco, and Cole Merritte.
KURE BEACH —Thanks to a generous grant from the Cape Fear Garden Club and volunteer muscle provided by US Navy Riverines from the Center for Security Forces Learning Site Camp Lejeune, Fort Fisher State Historic Site recently acquired a major landscaping makeover just outside the visitor center.
The grant was awarded in late 2012 to the Friends of Fort Fisher, the nonprofit group that supports the site. The funds were used to purchase trees and shrubs planted along the Walk of Honor, a special project introduced last year by the Friends group that enables members of the public to purchase engraved pavers honoring Civil War veterans, active and retired military, family members, businesses, etc.
The Center for Security Forces Learning Site Camp Lejeune is one of 13 learning centers within the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC). Each center provides both training and human performance solutions that directly support the training requirements of naval operating forces worldwide.
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 January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington’s port – “the Lifeline of the Confederacy” – was closed to foreign trade.
The public can help support Fort Fisher by joining the Friends of Fort Fisher. Visit their web site at www.friendsoffortfisher.com. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449. For more information on the site, call (910) 458-5538 or visit the web site 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.