Special Event Rentals

Wedding at fort fisher

Fort Fisher Special Event Rentals (Weddings, Vow Renewals, etc) !

Through our special event rental program, let Fort Fisher State Historic Site host your wedding or other special event amongst the gnarled live oaks and scenic views of the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. Each year, the site makes history for dozens of couples wanting a uniquely waterfront wedding experience. Choose from one of five locations: the North Gazebo, the Ocean Grove (north, center, or south), or the spectacular Fort Grove.

Many couples choose the North Gazebo for its unsurpassed view of the Atlantic Ocean and convenience to nearby parking. Likewise, the beloved Ocean Grove is a grand parcel of waterfront property divided into three sections—northern, center, and south—where gorgeous maritime grove trees provide shade for summer weddings and an oceanfront bluff to the south.

Couples seeking to make more secluded memories often turn to the Fort Grove, a wedding oasis near the walls of the fort, where ceremonies of any size are accentuated by stunning views of the Cape Fear River at sunset. Getting married at any of our five wedding locations requires a signed contract (available at the site) and a special use permit, which is good for a three hour block of time. Additional time is available. There are no lights on the property, so for safety and security reasons, we no longer offer permits for receptions, only ceremonies.

Make your special day even more so. To receive a copy of Fort Fisher’s special event rental guidelines and fee structure, contact Si Lawrence at (910) 251-7346 or by email at si.lawrence@ncdcr.gov. In the interest of fairness, we only issue permits for a single wedding in the morning or the evening of an available day. The latest three hour time slot we offer is 4 pm-7 pm.