PO Box 127
2300 East Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC, 28512
This 398 acre state park was once the scene of an significant Civil War Battle while occupied by Confederate troops. The fort was under a Union artillery siege from March 23 to April 26, 1862.
Its fall gave the Union complete control of the entire North Carolina coast. It was re-garrisoned during the Spanish-American War and again during World War II.
The design of Fort Macon made it almost impossible to be seen from the ocean because technically, it’s below ground level.
Here you can read about a soldiers life back then as it relates to the Mess Hall and Kitchen.
Or a soldiers daily rations.
I thought this was interesting. This little building you see next to the steps was used to heat up cannonballs to be used on wooden ships.
I would have hated to be the person or persons that raced that upstairs!
Overall I think we all had a good time exploring and learning about Fort Macon. There are certainly a lot more things to see than what I’ve provided here.
I was surprised at just how many artifacts were found and out on display from the original Fort.
If you like history at all or just want something different to do one afternoon, that’s free, and are in the Moorehead City, NC area, I think you should give Fort Macon a go.
Who knows…maybe you’ll be there when they have their daily deafening musket-firing demonstrations like we were!