The second installment in this amble across North Carolina drops in on KureBeach, a wee municipality around fifteen
miles south of Wilmington.KureBeach is really not distinguishable
the sister villages comprising all municipalities on PleasureIsland.Primarily a tourist town, KureBeach
includes FortFisher at the very tip of the peninsula.
FortFisher was a Confederate fort guarding the mouth of
the Cape Fear River during the Civil War and
is one of several attractions of the area.One of North Carolina’s
state aquariums is nearby, and the motivation for this blog entry --- I need a
home for my review of the Aquarium.The
beaches by the aquarium are the real attraction of this spot – Wilmington
draws hordes of tourists to WrightsvilleBeach, which is always packed and
costs a fortune, but all of us locals head to the beaches at Kure.The surf and sand are every bit as pleasant, but you don’t have to
endure masses of obnoxious people and the parking is free!
Beyond FortFisher, there isn’t a
bunch of history here, except that it actually got shelled during WWII.There was a Dow Chemical plant here
manufacturing bromine (extracted from seawater) for aviation fuel and a U-boat
lobbed three shells towards the factory.The munitions overshot their target and landed harmlessly in the Cape Fear River behind.Regardless, I can attest that you might still discover some fireworks by
visiting this fun destination!