For Educators

On-site Activities

The Museum: Walk through our exhibit hall containing hundreds of artifacts and the stories of the men who were stationed here during the Civil War and World War II. The Museum’s orientation film will provide a basic overview of the history of Fort Fisher during the Civil War. The fiber-optic map (10 Minutes) describes the action on January 15, 1865. A minimum of 30 minutes for the inside is recommended. All activities are suitable for all ages The fil is 10 minutes long and a maximum of 50 people. The exhibit hall no limit on participation.

Self-Guided Tour: You can walk the ¼ mile tour trail on your own while reading about the history of the site on wayside panel exhibits. The handicapped accessible trail winds around the remaining earthworks. 30 minutes, suitable for all ages, no limit on participation.

Basic tour: The general tour explaining the first and second battles at Fort Fisher, as well as a discussion of the importance of blockade running and the Wilmington port. 30 to 45 minutes, suitable for all ages, limit participation to 50 individuals or less.

Garrison Life and the School of the Soldier: Congratulations! You’ve just enlisted in the army! Now find out life on garrison duty for the soldiers on both sides. As a part of the garrison you’ll be expected to learn the manual of arms, how to march and your uniform. 30 minutes, 3rd grade and up, maximum of 30 participants.

“Ready, Aim, Fire!”: Learn about Civil War small arms, including those brought in through the blockade, with a costumed interpreter. The demonstration will conclude with a firing of a reproduction 1853 Enfield Rifle. 15 minutes, 1st grade and up, maximum of 75 people (including chaperones).

“Cannoneers, Attention!”: Using the site’s reproduction 12-pound bronze Napoleon field piece, visitors will learn about Civil War artillery and have a chance to practice period field artillery drill under the command of a costumed interpreter. This is a non-firing program subject to weather conditions and to staffing availability. 30 minutes, 4th grade and up, maximum of 30 participants.

“Getting the Message Through”: Learn about how soldiers and sailors transmitted and received messages. This is a team exercise and there need to be two teams of two people each to use the “Wig-Wag” flag code. 30 minutes, 4th grade and up, maximum of 30 participants.

“Townball”: Learn about the game that was growing in popularity prior to the Civil War. Use the New York 1854, the Massachusetts 1857, or the NABBP 1857 rules and experience the origins of the game that became America's pastime - Baseball. 30 minutes, 4th grade and up, maximum of 25 participants to play a game.

Off-site activities

Can’t get your group here to Fort Fisher? We can bring materials to you in the local area.

Classroom Presentations: We have presentations that can be brought into the classroom covering the Wilmington Campaign, the Attacks on Fort Fisher, Blockade Runners and Fort Fisher during World War II and the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots.

Garrison Life and the School of the Soldier: Congratulations! You’ve just enlisted in the army! Now find out life on garrison duty for the soldiers on both sides. As a part of the garrison you’ll be expected to learn the manual of arms, how to march and your uniform. 30 to 60 minutes depending on class time, 3rd grade and up, maximum of 30 participants.

“Townball”: Learn about the game that was growing in popularity prior to the Civil War. Use the New York 1854, the Massachusetts 1857, or the NABBP 1857 rules and experience the origins of the game that became America's pastime - Baseball. 30 minutes, 4th grade and up, maximum of 25 participants to play a game.

“Secret Codes and Ciphers”: Learn how soldiers and sailors though the ages sent messages disguised from the enemy. The program will focus on three historical periods stretching from Ancient Greece through the Civil War and ending at World War II. Samples of actual encrypted messages found in The Military Telegraph during the Civil War, Volume I (1882) and A Manual of Signals (1866) will be presented to illustrate how Civil War Soldiers encrypted their information. 45-60 minutes depending on class time minutes, 4th grade and up, maximum of 30 participants.

“The World War II Home Front”: What was life like in the lower Cape Fear during World War II? Learn about the role kids played in achieving victory through scrap drives and victory gardens. Find out about how propaganda through posters and cartoons were used to help keep everyone working together. 45- 60 minutes depending on class time minutes, 4th grade and up, maximum of 30 participants. Additional Teaching Resources We hope to have a new “Teacher’s Education Packet” containing information on Fort Fisher, activities geared towards Elementary or Middle School students, and a suggested bibliography ready for mailing soon.

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