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Bunkers at Fort Fisher built during the Civil War

The second installment in this amble across North Carolina drops in on Kure Beach, a wee municipality around fifteen miles south of Wilmington.  Kure Beach is really not distinguishable from Carolina Beach, the sister villages comprising all municipalities on Pleasure Island.  Primarily a tourist town, Kure Beach includes Fort Fisher at the very tip of the peninsula.


Fort Fisher 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 Wrightsville Beach, 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 Fort Fisher, 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!

Dr_Seuss says:
Never knew U-Boats had attacked the US mainland. Was it U2 ? :-D
Posted on: Nov 10, 2009
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