"Given to the State of NC for $1" Fort Macon State Park by grandmaR

Fort Macon State Park Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 26 photos

When we were visiting Atlantic Beach, we took an afternoon trip to go to Fort Macon which was just a short distance from our unit.

We went out to the point first overlooking the channel and saw a tug and barge which was apparently doing some dredging. Bob saw them in the morning from the unit window.

After we came back from walking down to the beach we found the actual fort. Which was constructed starting in 1826 as one of a second tier of forts protecting the east coast. It was used in the Civil War, served as a prison, and was used again in the Spanish American war. Then it fell into disrepair and was sold to the state of NC for $1. It was renovated by the CCC. During WW II it was taken back by the Federal Government for use against German submarines. At the end of the war it reverted to the State of NC.

The casement museums had sections on the construction of the fort, the enlisted men's quarters and the Commandant's Quarters during the Civil War with recorded messages about their lives. Then there was an exhibit on 19th century soldiers life and uniforms, a restored gunpowder magazine, the WW II barracks, the bake house, the commissary storeroom and the kitchen.

  • Last visit to Fort Macon State Park: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 16, 2014
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