2017 Fort Fisher Descendant's Reunion & Friends Annual Meeting
Descendants from 2015 Reunion
Make your reservations today to attend the 2017 Friends of Fort Fisher Descendants Reunion and Annual Meeting at the beautiful oceanfront Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Carolina Beach on Saturday, January 14, 2017. This gathering is a prelude to a full day of living history, speakers and activities commemorating the 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher.
While open to the public, the Reunion and Annual Meeting is no charge to Friends of Fort Fisher members, non members attending will be charged $5.00 per person to help defray the costs of refreshments and materials.
Headlining the Descendants Reunion is the Cape Fear Region's most esteemed Civil War historian and author, Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr. at 8:45 a.m. in the Marriott's Cape Fear Room. Next, several descendants will be selected to share their ancestors stories and breakouts will provide time for new family connections to be made and assistance will be available to help search records and databases for ancestors military service records.
The Friends of Fort Fisher Annual Meeting will highlight the continuing successes that the organization has produced including the creation a new Fort Fisher Master Development Plan, new historical interpretive markers, exhibits, fundraising initiatives and special recognition honoring State Representative Ted Davis, Jr. (District 19 New Hanover) for working with the Friends to secure $400,000 for advance planning to design a new 20,000 sq. ft. Fort Fisher Visitor Center and Museum. A new facility will meet the growing needs to accommodate the more than 800,000 annual visitors to the National Hisotric Landmark site. New directors for the Friends board will also be elected.
Join us for this fun and educational occasion and be sure to check out the items that will be displayed and up for silent auction bid. Successful bidders will be announced and will collect their purchases at the end of the meeting.
Click the link below to register for the Descendants Reunion/Annual Meeting. Deadline to register is January 10, 2017.
Friends of Fort Fisher, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Carolina Beach is headquarters for the 2017 Descendants Reunion and Friends Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 14, 2017.
Plan to arrive Friday and make a memorable weekend adventure exploring Pleasure Island - Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and area attractions such as the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher and Historic Wilmington, Cape Fear Museum and Bellemy Mansion Museum. Spend Saturday morning at the Descendants Reunion and Annual Meeting followed by day long activities at Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach. Experience living history with infantry and artillery re-enactors, speakers Rod Gragg (author of Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher) and Richard Triebe (author of Fort Fisher to Elmira) and the live music of North Carolina's favorite The Huckleberry Brothers band playing period and original wind, string and percussion music throughout the day. There are plenty of fun activities planned for the entire family. For more information on the program please call Fort Fisher State Historic Site at (910) 458-5538. Some activity schedules may change due to weather conditions.
Make the Marriott your headquarters for the weekend by using the link below to receive our special Friends of Fort Fisher discount. If you prefer to call your reservation in please call (910) 458-2030 or 1-800-321-2211 and use the reservation code FOFS for the Fort Fisher Anniversary Program to receive the special rate. The deadline for reserving rooms at the discount is December 16, 2016. Don't miss this great deal! Click the link below to reserve your oceanfront room today.
The Fort Fisher Restoration Committee, Inc, was established in 1960 by site supporters in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources as the Centennial of the Civil War approached. It was responsible for much of the funding for programs at the site directly related to Centennial events. FFRC was incorporated in 1991 and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) in 1997 and by Board action, became Friends of Fort Fisher in 2009.
The Friends of Fort Fisher's mission is to preserve, enhance and interpret the Fort Fisher battleground, promoting an appreciation of Fort Fisher's importance in our nation's history. As the official state sanctioned nonprofit support organization for the historic site, the Friends of Fort Fisher provides financial support to ensure attainment of its stated mission.
"How few realize at what cost our nation's unity has been purchased." Lt. Cmdr. William B. Cushing, USN
A Significant Moment in History
The strategic importance of Fort Fisher and the port of Wilmington was not lost on the Confederacy’s military leader, General Robert E. Lee. He knew that the loss of Fort Fisher and the deepwater port city of Wilmington with its railroad connections would herald the end for his supply starved army in Virginia and doom hopes for an independent Southern nation as well. Indeed, Fort Fisher was the “lifeline of the Confederacy” and precipitated the most extraordinary joint military expeditions in history up to that time to ensure its capture in December 1864 and January 1865.
“As my men would fall, others would take their places. It was a soldier’s fight at that point, for there was no organization, the officers of both forces were loading and firing with their men. If there has ever been a longer or more stubborn hand-to-hand encounter, I have failed to meet with it in history.”
Colonel William Lamb, CSA Commanding, Fort Fisher
Why does Friends of Fort Fisher exist?
Friends of Fort Fisher commemorates and enhances a place where great moments in our national history occurred and important moments in our everyday lives continue to take place. FOFF connects us to our American history. Fort Fisher is a tangible connection to that history that helps us understand our past, appreciate our triumphs and learn from our mistakes.
FOFF exists as the primary partner with the state of North Carolina to help interpret and showcase the strategic importance of Fort Fisher and those who struggled in mortal combat for our nation. FOFF also ensures that quality experiential opportunities are provided to visitors.
Anniversary Program for the Battle of Fort Fisher Saturday, January 14, 2017 The weekend marks 152 years since the South made its last stand at Fort Fisher!