We're starting off 2019 with something special: a new exhibit! The Federal Point Lighthouse story spans eight decades and three lighthouses.Exactly where was this lighthouse? Where has it gone? Find out more about this by-gone beacon. On Wednesday, January 9, 5:30-7pm, Friends of Fort Fisher will host a new exhibit unveiling with a presentation by Historic Interpreter, Becky Sawyer, and a small reception. This sneak peek is only open to Friends of Fort Fisher members and their guests and is a benefit of membership. RSVP HERE.
Friends of Fort Fisher Annual Meeting
The Friends of Fort Fisher Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, January 12, 9:15am-10am in the Spencer Theater at the Fort,1610 Fort Fisher Blvd, Kure Beach. We'll share a brief overview of the past year, and members will elect a new Friends of Fort Fisher Board of Directors and officers. You can also elect new board members from home by voting online. If you prefer, you could print out the online form (press ctrl+p while on the form) and mail it in to Friends of Fort Fisher at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd,Kure Beach, NC 28449. All ballots not completed at the Annual Meeting must be submitted online or received via mail by January 9. Access your online ballot HERE.
154th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher
This Living History Program will take place on Saturday, January 12, 10am-4pm and feature costumed historic reenactors, infantry and artillery demonstrations and guest speakers. Expect periodic firings of the site’s rifled and banded 32-pound cannon (this is the big one!), bronze 12-pound Napoleon cannon, and a 10-pound Parrott rifle.
10:30am Federal Point Lighthouse. Fort Fisher's Interpreter III, Becky Sawyerwill discuss a new temporary exhibit that unearths details about the three lighthouses at Federal Point.
12:30pm “A War Within a War: Lumbee Indians at Fort Fisher.” will be presented by Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery author, film producer, associate professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill and member of the Lumbee Tribe of NC.
2:30pm Fort Fisher Construction Under a Labor Scarcity. Dr. Jamie Martinez, author and associate professor of history at UNC at Pembroke, will discuss conscription and how state and local officials cooperated with the Confederate War Department and Engineer Bureau to provide slave labor.
RSVP for one or all of these speaker presentations HERE.
In addition to this great line-up of speakers, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will be honored by two very special guests: Michelle Lanier, the Director of NC Division of State Historic Sites and Harvey Godwin, Jr., the Chairman of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina!
Fort Fisher programming is 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. All programming is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. For more information, please call the site at 910.251.7340.
Our next descendants reunion will be during the 155th anniversary in 2020.