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Ft. Fisher taking Civil War History to New Heights

Fort Fisher State Historic Site Curator of History Ray Flowers will be the tour guide for the site’s new “Above the Scenes” walking tours. Tickets are $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. The tour begins at noon, Tuesday through Saturday.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site is taking Civil War history to new heights. Beginning July 2, 2013, the site will offer “Above the Scenes,” a special 45 minute walking tour from the floor of the fort to the top of the traverses, along an area normally closed to pedestrians.
“This new tour will afford the visitor a different perspective from a unique vantage point,” said tour guide and Curator of History Ray Flowers. “We’re very excited about providing this unique opportunity to our visitors.”
The tour will begin at noon, Tuesday through Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Children 12 and under are free. Site officials say a maximum of 25 tickets will be sold each day. No advance tickets will be sold. Tour participants are encouraged to have proper walking shoes, sunscreen, and water. The tour is dependent on weather conditions and is not ADA accessible.
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 naval bombardments the fort fell to a Union assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington’s port – “the Lifeline of the Confederacy” – was closed to foreign trade.
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  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.
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